Esther in the Portuguese Nation

  • Emily Colbert CairnsEmail author


As the story of Esther is removed from Iberia, relocated, and retold within the Portuguese Community in the diaspora, Poema de la Reyna Ester (1627) by Jõao Pinto Delgado betrays a longing for the homeland and an exploration of the trials encountered in the diaspora by Iberian Jewish conversos. In this chapter, I explore the creation of a national identity that existed beyond borders and geographical determinations and instead exists in the language and literature of a diasporic community. Delgado’s poem carefully upholds and celebrates Esther as a heroine and savior of the Jewish people.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Salve Regina UniversityNewportUSA

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