04 Nov New article on the Jewish community of late 18th century Curacao by Jessica Roitman
‘The repercussions of rumor: An adultery case from Curaçao’, in Michael Stedemund-Halevy (ed.), A Sephardic Pepper-Pot in the Caribbean, p.124-135. Barcelona: Tirocinio.
This chapter examines the dynamics of the Jewish community of late 18th century Curacao through the prism of the court records resulting from a case of alleged adultery, with a particular emphasis on the role of gossip and rumor within and beyond the community. The chapter argues that within the Jewish community of Curacao, just as in other societies with few other means of exchanging information, gossip functioned as a crucial means of transmitting vital data about others.