The representation of the Jewish mother in the Judeo-Spanish song

A radio program of the European Institute of Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – March 13, 2012, JUDAIQUES FM 94.8, 21h05


The Jewish mother is an omnipresent character in the Jewish imagination and its different forms of cultural expressions. That’s why we decided to dedicate a series of radio programs to this subject.
After the representation of the Jewish mother in the Yiddish song, this second part will illustrate the image of the Jewish mother in the Judeo-Spanish song, through a study of mother / daughter, daughter / mother-in-law (co-suegra) and the place of women in a society that remained for a long time patriarchal and tribal.

Our guest, Marie-Christine Bornes-Varol, Professor of Universities at INALCO, specialist in literature and language Judeo-Spanish, will be present to comment on the many songs that deal with these themes (La mala suegra, The understanding madre, Delgadita, Hijo mia querida, Madre, half madre, Durme, durme …).

herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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