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4 Beautiful Damsels and Men of Valor: Ladino Literature Giving Us a Peek into the Spiritual World of Sephardi Women in Jerusalem (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries)

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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, written literature in Ladino burgeoned. Newspapers and books in it appeared in the main cities of the Ottoman Empire, where there were Sephardi communities. The press in Ladino in particular as well as books, some of which appeared as supplements in Ladino newspapers, served as unmistakable agents for the dissemination of process of moderna among its reading audience. This chapter depicts the flesh-and-blood character of the female Ladino reader and the spiritual world of the Sephardi woman, who then lived in Jerusalem, whose only spoken language was Jewish Spanish and who knew how to read and write in Ladino. As a result of the store of books Flor Pisanti kept in her cupboard, the authors have first-hand testimony of this reader's spiritual world, as fashioned and influenced by the books she read.

Keywords: Flor Pisanti; Jerusalem; Ladino Literature; Sephardi Women



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