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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Monique R. Balbuena, Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016. xi + 239 pp.

Monique R. Balbuena, Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016. xi + 239 pp.

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(p.241) Monique R. Balbuena, Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016. xi + 239 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0020

This chapter reviews the book Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora (2016), by Monique R. Balbuena. Homeless Tongues is the first in-depth analysis of contemporary Sephardic poetry, focusing on three relatively unknown authors: Sadia Lévy, Margalit Matitiahu, and Juan Gelman. According to Balbuena, Sephardic writers have often been marginalized even within the field of Jewish studies. Seeking to “observe the contours” of the multiplicity of Jewish literature, she presents Lévy, Matitiahu, and Gelman as examples par excellence of cultural, literary, and linguistic multiplicity. She argues that translation and the trope of linguistic dialogue between languages is the primary means by which the three Sephardic poets interact with majority languages and cultures.

Keywords:   Monique R. Balbuena, Homeless Tongues, translation, Sephardic poets, Sadia Lévy, Margalit Matitiahu, Juan Gelman, Jewish literature, Sephardic poetry, linguistic dialogue

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