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Painting 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara', 1862, on landscape cover of 'Beyond the Ghettos, Inside & Outside', by Silvana.

Beyond the Ghetto

Inside & Out

Edited by Andreina Contessa
Edited by Simonetta Della Seta
Edited by Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti
Edited by Sharon Reichel


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  • Between the 16th and 19th centuries the Jews cultivated their identity in the Italian ghettos, preserving their millenary culture while also drawing from the world that opened up beyond that border
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Beginning with the establishment of the first ghetto in Venice in 1516, then followed by that of Rome and other cities, the Jews had to measure themselves against this circumscribed and ambivalent place, which included them in the urban perimeter and at the same time isolated them.

For almost three centuries this was the space in which the Jews cultivated their identity, on the one hand preserving the characteristics of a millenary culture, while on the other drawing from the world that opened up beyond that border: the constant relationship between the “inside” and the “outside” of the ghetto walls marks the life of the Jews on the long road to emancipation.

The volume is dedicated to this complex and articulated reality, availing itself of a very rich critical apparatus in dealing from every angle – historical, artistic, sociological – with a highly current problem: the concepts of resilience, integration, comparison between cultures, aspiration to being the same while remaining different.

24th Oct 2023
Paperback / softback
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Germany, Eastern Europe, & Austria. Arab States non-exclusive
240 mm x 170 mm
344 Pages
250 color
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