Cycling Through the Pampas: Fictionalized Accounts of Jewish Agricultural Colonization in Argentina and Brazil

Doctoral Dissertation


My comparative study focuses on the negotiation of national, regional, religious, and ethnic identity in the works of four Latin American Jewish authors: Argentines Alberto Gerchunoff and Rebeca Mactas, and Brazilians Frida Alexandr and AdÌÄå£o Voloch. Each author uses collections of independent but interrelated short stories, or short story cycles, to fictionalize his/her experiences as a child growing up in Jewish agricultural colonies in Latin America in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. I reevaluate the literary legacy of Gerchunoff, the father of Jewish Latin American literature, by showing how his canonical Los gauchos judíos (1910; translated as The Jewish Gauchos of the Pampas, 1955) offered a structural and thematic template for works by Mactas, Alexandr, and Voloch.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-03182008-110204

Author James A Hussar
Advisor Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams
Contributor Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams, Committee Chair
Contributor Isabel Ferreira Gould, Committee Member
Contributor Michael Signer, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Literature
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2008-03-14

Submission Date 2008-03-18
  • United States of America

  • Voloch

  • short story cycle

  • Alexandr

  • Mactas

  • Gerchunoff

  • Jewish agricultural colonization

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
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