All this week, we're featuring some of our newest Jewish studies titles for Jewish Book Month. The two book selections for today focus on Jewish literature and visual culture in the diaspora:
The year 1492 has long divided the study of Sephardic culture into two distinct periods, before and after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. David A. Wacks examines the works of Sephardic writers from the 13th to the 16th centuries and shows that this literature was shaped by two interwoven experiences of diaspora: first from the Biblical homeland Zion and later from the ancestral hostland, Sefarad.
This book examines Jewish art and visual culture—art made by Jews about Jews—in modern diasporic settings. Carol Zemel focuses on particular artists and cultural figures in interwar Eastern Europe and postwar America who blended Jewishness and mainstream modernism to create a diasporic art, one that transcends dominant national traditions.