Julie Scolnik has a BA in Spanish and in Hispanic Civilization from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her formation as a researcher was under the tutelage of Iacob M. Hassan at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. Her main field of research has been these detective novels, the transcription and study of ten of which are presented here.
At the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX, new genres of Sephardic literature (novel, theatre and the press) appeared in the countries of the Ottoman Empire as the result of a period of modernization. Through the network of the schools of the Alliance Israélite Universelle concepts of European culture, especially French culture, were incorporated into the Sephardic culture. In addition, the Revolution of the Young Turks in 1908 resulted in the abolition of the rigid censorship that had been in existence up until then.
It was precisely at this time that the detective novel became one of the most popular literary genres in the United States and in Europe where readers thrilled to the adventures of the famous Sherlock Holmes or the American detective Nick Carter. The fame of these detective novels spread among the Sephardim as well and five different detectives appear as protagonists in this type of novels in Judeo-Spanish: Nat Pinkerton, Jim Jackson, Nick Carter, Dick Carter and Lynx. This book consists of the edition and study of the aljamiado novels in which the protagonist is Nat Pinkerton as the corpus of Pinkerton novels is the largest among those mentioned.
· Interview and reading with Julie Scolnik in Radio Sefarad: audio
· Review Una de detectives en judeoespañol by Dra. Paloma Díaz-Mas in the magazine Raíces. Revista Judía de Cultura, n. 102 - Año XXIX: PDF version
· Review by Dr. Aitor García Moreno in the magazine Sefarad, Vol. 75, Nº 1 (2015), 181-184: PDF version
· Review by Dra. Mª José Cano Pérez in the magazine Miscelánea de Estudios Árabesy Hebraicos, Vol. 64 (2015), 237-238: PDF version