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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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Home in the Pampas: Alberto Gerchunoff’s Jewish Gauchos

Home in the Pampas: Alberto Gerchunoff’s Jewish Gauchos

(p.241) Eight Home in the Pampas: Alberto Gerchunoff’s Jewish Gauchos
Jews at Home

Mónica Szurmuk

Liverpool University Press

This chapter turns to Argentina, where Alberto Gerchunoff's Jewish Gauchos (1910) became an icon of Jewish incorporation into Argentinian society in the early twentieth century. In a series of vignettes, Gerchunoff showed that in working the land Jews had returned to a biblical way of life and had finally come home. His text received attention not just for its powerful narrative of immigrant Jews making a home in Argentina but even more for the way in which it claimed Argentina as a Jewish homeland. The publication of the book opened up a symbolic space for Jewish immigrants in the lettered culture of Buenos Aires and also in the future of the country. But, as the chapter shows, later in his life Gerchunoff came to doubt his idealism about Argentina as homeland, though by that time he had become separated from his text, which had taken on a life of its own in the Argentinian imagination.

Keywords:   Argentina, Jewish Gauchos, Alberto Gerchunoff, Jewish immigrants, Argentinian society, lettered culture

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