Portuguese Studies Review

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Being the Nação in the Eternal City: New Christian Lives in Sixteenth-Century Rome
James W. Nelson Novoa


Portuguese Studies Review Monograph Series, No. 3. Toronto and Peterborough: Baywolf Press / Éditions Baywolf, 2018. 206 pages (x +344, incl. frt./back matter); 16 ills. (b/w, incl. maps and plans); Appendix (archival documents (Portuguese, Latin, Italian, Spanish)); Glossary of Terms; Bibliography; Index; 9" x 6.5", w/ laminated dust jacket; list price: $ 56.95 CAD ; ISBN 978-0-921437-52-9 (soft-cover). In stock.

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OCLC Subject Tags:
1. Jewish Christians--Italy--Rome--History--16th century; 2. Jews, Portuguese--Italy--Rome--History--16th century; 3. Rome (Italy)--Church history--16th century; 4. Christianity and other religions--Judaism; 5. Judaism--Relations--Christianity
Identifier: ISBN: 9780921437529 ; ISBN: 0921437529
978-0-921437-52-9 (pbk.)
Library Call Number: BR195.J8N69 2014
C2014-908165-0
274.56'3206



Being the
Nação in the Eternal City
, a new book by James William Nelson Novoa, explores in a set of case studies focusing on seven carefully chosen figures, the presence of Portuguese individuals of Jewish origin in Rome after the initial creation of a tribunal of the Portuguese Inquisition in 1531. The book delves into the varied ways in which the protagonists, representing a cross-section of Portuguese society, went about grappling with the complexities of a New Christian identity, and tracks them through their interactions with Roman society and its institutions. Some chose to flaunt Jewish origins. They espoused a sense of being part of a distinctive group, the Portuguese New Christian nação, that set them apart from other Portuguese. Others chose to blend as much as possible into the broader Iberian world represented at Rome, and avoided calling attention to their family past. All, however, had in their own way to work out the multiple shades of what was involved in being a Portuguese with Jewish roots needing to navigate the social and cultural pathways through Rome, the urban center of the Catholic Church. The book draws on archival research conducted in the Vatican, elsewhere in Italy, in Spain, and in Portugal. It brings a variety of sources to bear on the complex phenomenon of emergent group identities. It also proposes a critical reflexion on diasporas, the formation of sub-national communities, and on the structuring of collective memory in Early Modern Europe. The work will be useful to scholars and general readers interested in the Portuguese New Christian diaspora, in sixteenth century Rome, and in the dynamics of community consciousness in Early Modern Europe.

Le nouvel ouvrage de James William Nelson Novoa, Being the Nação in the Eternal City, se penche sur la présence des Portugais d’origine juive à Rome après l’installation d’un tribunal de l’Inquisition au Portugal en 1531. Le livre présente, dans un cadre analytique, sept vignettes de personnages historiques. Il documente en particulier les façons dont ces agents, qui représentaient une coupe de la société portugaise contemporaine, choisirent d'affronter les exigences de leur nouvelle identité chrétienne, tout en jouant des interactions avec la société romaine et ses institutions. Certains affichaient leur racines juives. Ils épousaient un sens d'appartenir à un groupe particulier, la nação des Chrétiens Nouveaux d'origine portugaise. D’autres choisirent de s’intégrer le plus étroitement possible au petit monde des expatriés ibériques de toutes sortes à Rome, évitant d'afficher le passé.Tous durent affronter les multiples incertitudes pénombreuses d'être Portugais d’origine juive navigant entre les écueils culturels et sociaux de Rome, le siège urbain de l’Église catholique. L’ouvrage est un fruit de recherches menées en Italie, au Vatican, en Espagne, et au Portugal. Il invoque des  sources diversifiées pour illuminer le phénomène complexe d'identités collectives émergentes. Il propose également des réflexions critiques au sujet de diasporas, de communautés sub-étatiques en créche, et de la mémoire collective au sein de l’Europe moderne naissante. Le livre s'adresse surtout à tous ceux, spécialistes ou non, qui s'intéressent à la diaspora des Nouveaux Chrétiens portugais, la ville de Rome au seizième siècle, et la dynamique formative communautaire au début de la période moderne.

Relevancy Profiling Tags: Rome -- Early Modern; Rome -- expatriate communities; Rome -- expatriate communities and their institutions (architecture); Rome -- Sephardic diaspora; sub-national communities -- formation; cultural self-identification -- individuals and emergent communities; cultural self-identification -- memorialization and investment in cult and culture; collective memory -- Early Modern Europe; New Christians -- conversos (Jewish); Portuguese Sephardic converts -- nação; Portugal -- Inquisition (Tribunal); Roman Curia -- sixteenth century; Roman Curia -- politics and administrative procedure; Roman Inquisition -- trial procedures (case material); Portuguese Inquisition -- trial procedures (case material); cross-cultural boundaries in overt and covert behavior; permeability/opacity of cross-cultural boundaries; negotiation of social rank; social mobility (upward and downward); small community survival and adaptation.

Publication-Related Events: James W.Nelson Novoa @The Political Dimensions of the Converso Phenomenon in Portugal and Beyond: "Converso 'Nation' as a Political Entity," at the The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute - מכון ון ליר בירושלים / YouTube, 26-27 May 2015 (posted 23 June 2015).

Publication-Related Events: Presentation of the book, at the Archivio Storico Capitolino, Sala Ovale, Piazza dell'Orologio, Rome, Italy, 26 October 2015 at 16:30. Introduction: Michele Di Sivo. Discussants: Irene Fosi, Matteo Sanfilippo, Gaetano Sabatini.


 

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