Anti-semitism And British Gothic Literature

Hardcover | September 18, 2004

byCarol Margaret Davison

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Anti-Semitism and British Gothic Literature examines the Gothic's engagement with the Jewish Question and British national identity over the course of a century. Beginning with an exploration of Jewish demonology from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, Davison interprets the changing significance of the transnational Wandering Jew in classic Gothic fiction who later migrates into Victorian realism. What emerges is the elucidation of an anti-Semitic "spectropoetics" that conveys how the specters of Jewish difference and Jewish assimilation haunt British literature.

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Anti-Semitism and British Gothic Literature examines the Gothic's engagement with the Jewish Question and British national identity over the course of a century. Beginning with an exploration of Jewish demonology from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, Davison interprets the changing significance of the transnational Wandering Jew i...

Carol Margaret Davison is Acting Director of Women's Studies and Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Windsor, Canada. She has authored numerous articles on women's writing, Gothic, Victorian, postcolonial and African-American literature, and is the editor of the award-winning study, Bram Stoker's Dracula: Su...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.48 × 5.7 × 0.74 inPublished:September 18, 2004Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333929519

ISBN - 13:9780333929513

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Table of Contents

Preface * Acknowledgements * Introduction: The Nation and the Spectral Wandering Jew * The Contested Enlightenment, the Contested Castle * The Primal Scene: The Skeleton in Britain's Closet * Cabalistic Conspiracies and Crypto-Jews * The Rise of the Vampiric Wandering Jew: A Sinister German-English Co-Production * Britain, Vampire Empire: Fin-de-Sibliogècle Fears and Bram Stoker's Dracula * Afterword: Pathological Projection and the Nazi Nightmare * Works Cited * Index