Paloma Díaz-Mas is Professor at the Institute of Language, Literature, and Anthropology of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and Teresa Madrid Álvarez-Piñer, with a degree in Hispanic and Arabic Philology and presently working at CSIC, present a compendium of correspondence which was published in Salonica in 1906 to teach the students of Jewish schools how to write letters.
This edition of La korespondensya. Livro de kartas diversas i de komercho constitutes the largest edited epistolary corpus in Judeo-Spanish to date. The letters, while fictionalized, offer a view into Sephardic society at the beginning of 20th century: family, social, gender, and work relationships; the language and formulas of polite behavior; the world of a Mediterranean city that had just begun to industrialize. It also shows how new European education concepts influenced the Oriental Sephardic communities.
· Review by Dr. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña in the online magazine ehumanista: PDF version
· Review by Dra. María Sánchez-Pérez in Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones populares: PDF version