El Iluminado , written by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin

El Iluminado , written by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin, El Iluminado , New York: Basic Books, 2012. 199 pp. $24.99. Uncovering Identity in New Mexico’s Obscure Sephardic Jewish Past In the last decade, the format of the graphic novel has been an improbable vehicle for subject matter such as history and politics. Concurrently, it has channeled a cultural shift towards self-awareness and questions of identity and self-realization. In the recent publication El Iluminado , Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin combine historical anecdote and imagination to tell a story about the obscure history of Jewish settlers in New Mexico and their legacy of religious compromise, cover-up, and yearning for a forgotten past. With Sheinkin’s straightforward illustrations and neutral palette as counterweight, Stavans tells a fairly unwieldy story that traverses through centuries and revolves around the notion of secrecy and religion that besets a disparate group of characters in a mystery-slash-thriller-slash-history-slash-comics genre bender. As a Latin Americanist and Mexican American of Jewish heritage, Stavans offers a story that carves out a piece of Jewish history in the Americas outside the typical scope of recent German and Eastern European immigration narratives. The story of Jews in the Americas is often told within accounts of recent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Images Brill

El Iluminado , written by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin

Images, Volume 7 (1): 121 – Dec 2, 2013

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Reviews
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1871-7993
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1871-8000
DOI
10.1163/18718000-12340021
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Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin, El Iluminado , New York: Basic Books, 2012. 199 pp. $24.99. Uncovering Identity in New Mexico’s Obscure Sephardic Jewish Past In the last decade, the format of the graphic novel has been an improbable vehicle for subject matter such as history and politics. Concurrently, it has channeled a cultural shift towards self-awareness and questions of identity and self-realization. In the recent publication El Iluminado , Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin combine historical anecdote and imagination to tell a story about the obscure history of Jewish settlers in New Mexico and their legacy of religious compromise, cover-up, and yearning for a forgotten past. With Sheinkin’s straightforward illustrations and neutral palette as counterweight, Stavans tells a fairly unwieldy story that traverses through centuries and revolves around the notion of secrecy and religion that besets a disparate group of characters in a mystery-slash-thriller-slash-history-slash-comics genre bender. As a Latin Americanist and Mexican American of Jewish heritage, Stavans offers a story that carves out a piece of Jewish history in the Americas outside the typical scope of recent German and Eastern European immigration narratives. The story of Jews in the Americas is often told within accounts of recent

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