'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 Emancipation and its Discontents

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780198186311
Publisert
1999
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Clarendon Press
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06, P
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Engelsk
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544
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729 gr
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222 mm
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145 mm
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33 mm
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'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 Emancipation and its Discontents

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk
The Jewish Question in German Literature, 1749-1939 is an erudite and searching literary study of the uneasy position of the Jews in Germany and Austria from the first pleas for Jewish emancipation during the Enlightenment to the eve of the Holocaust. Trying to avoid hindsight, and drawing on a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close examination of attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular world. He examines both literary portrayals of Jews by Gentile writers - whether antisemitic, friendly, or ambivalent - and efforts to reinvent Jewish identities by the Jews themselves, in response to antisemitism culminating in Zionism. No other study by a single author deals with German-Jewish relations so comprehensively and over such a long period of literary history. Robertson's new work will prove stimulating for anyone interested in the modern Jewish experience, as well as for scholars and students of German fiction, prose, and political culture.
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Gradually receiving legal rights from the 18th century onwards, Jews in Germany and Austria adapted to their surrounding culture with success but also with increasing strain as anti-Semitism gathered pace. This title investigates how tensions were articulated in literary works, by both Jews and Gentile authors, from the Enlightenment to the 1930s.
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Introduction ; Enlightenment; German Jewry before Emancipation; How the Enlightenment saw the Jews; Lessing and Toleration; Emancipation: Dohm versus Humboldt; Moses Mendelssohn and the Rational Jew; Mendelssohns Legacy ; Liberalism; Jews and Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century; Schnitzler: Liberalism and Irony; The European Humanism of Stefan Zweig; Freud: Science versus Religion ; Antisemitism; Varieties of Antisemitism; Literary Images of the Jew ; Assimilation; The Meaning of Assimilation; Self-Hatred; Hyperacculturation ; Dissimilation; The Jewish Renaissance; The Eastern Jews; The Jew as Oriental ; Zionism ; Abbreviations ; Select Bibliography
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... engaging reading of the Enlightenment ... as a study of representations of Jewish identities, Robertson's work offers a well-versed survey and provides a comprehensive view of the topic that leaves only the field of postwar German-Jewish literature untouched. * The Jewish Quarterly Review *Introduces non-Germans to well and lesser-known German literary figures from 1749 to 1939 and to the answers they had to the so-called 'Jewish Question'. * Religion and the Arts *A work of outstanding thoroughness and scholarship. * The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies *Eminently readable and accessible, this study is destined to become the standard survey of the topic. * Modern Language Quarterly *Robertson aims to give a broad synthesis of nearly two centuries of literary history, and it is difficult to imagine a book that does it better. * Modern Language Quarterly *He [Robertson] recognizes that hostility to Jews had many sources ... This flexibility enables Robertson to provide a sensitive analysis of German writers about Jews. * James J. Sheehan, Times Literary Supplement *This is an excellent introduction to the literary treatment of Jews and the Jewish question, accessible enough for beginners, interesting and challenging enough for experts. * James J. Sheehan, Times Literary Supplement *Robertson is a careful and astute reader, sensitive to the nuances of language and style, alert to historical connections, and able to make useful comparisons across a wide range of European literature. * James J. Sheehan, Times Literary Supplement *Robertson's is a magisterial work. He has read everything and summarised it well. * Anthony Julius, The Times *
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ISBN13
9780198186311
Publisert
1999
Utgiver
Vendor
Clarendon Press
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
544
Vekt
729 gr
Høyde
222 mm
Bredde
145 mm
Tykkelse
33 mm
Se alle