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In the Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew

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From the very moment Alfred Dreyfus was placed under arrest for treason and espionage, his entire world was turned upside down, and for the next five years he lived in what he called a phantasmagoria. To keep himself sane, Dreyfus wrote letters to and received…
Masks in the Mirror: Marranism in Jewish Experience
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|December 8, 2005

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Sephardic Jews who voluntarily or forcibly converted to Catholicism in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to avoid persecution or expulsion were known as conversos or New Christians. Some tried to live the double life of a Crypto-Jew, outwardly embracing…
Sir Gawain and the Knight of the Green Chapel
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|April 18, 2002

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Although the Middle English poem known as 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' is assumed to be a kind of comic or satirical romance deriving from the Christian courts of England in the fourteenth century, several strange features suggest a different origin and…
My Cow Comes to Haunt Me: European Explorers, Travellers, and Novelists Constructing Textual Selves

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This book addresses the history of mentalities, psychohistory, and the history of colonialist discourses. For those interested in the development of Third World and of post-colonialist cultures, the book offers a new set of insights and methodologies. 'My cow…
Points of Contact: A Study of the Interplay and Intersection of Traditional

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This is a book about the way different literary traditions and different kinds of cultural discourse interplay and intersect. The author argues that Western civilization has imposed its notions of the literary upon many non-Western cultures. Non-Western cultures…
Marranos on the Moradas: Secret Jews and Penitentes in the Southwestern United States
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|August 27, 2012

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Two groups were persecuted over the course of four hundred years in what is now the southwestern United States, each dissimulating and disguising who they truly were. Both now declare their true identities, yet raise hostility. The Penitentes are a lay Catholic…