British Romanticism and the Jews: History, Culture, Literature

Paperback | July 8, 2008

EditorSheila A. Spector, Sheila

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British Romanticism and the Jews explores the mutual influences exerted by the British-Christian and British-Jewish communities on each other during the period between Enlightenment and Victorianism. The essays in this volume demonstrate how the texts produced by the Jewish Enlightenment provided a significant resource for romantic intellectual revisionism, in much the same way that romanticism provided the cultural basis through which the British-Jewish community was able to negotiate between the competing obligations of ethnicity and nationalism. With separate sections for cultural contexts, British romantics, and Haskalah, and Jewish writers and British romanticism, the collection contains essays dealing with the Jewish naturalization controversy of 1753, Jews in the popular press, and Halakhah and the Haskalah. Among the British romantics, the essays focus on Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Sir Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth, and Charles Dickens. Finally Jewish writers include David Levi, Isaac D’Israeli, Hyman Hurwitz, Grace Aguilar, Benjamin Disraeli, and Harold Bloom.

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British Romanticism and the Jews explores the mutual influences exerted by the British-Christian and British-Jewish communities on each other during the period between Enlightenment and Victorianism. The essays in this volume demonstrate how the texts produced by the Jewish Enlightenment provided a significant resource for romantic int...

Sheila A. Spector is the author of Glorious Incomprehensible: The Development of Blake’s Kabbalistic Language; Wonders Divine: The Development of Blake’s Kabbalistic Myth; and the editor of The Jews and British Romanticism: Politics, Religion, Culture. She also compiled Jewish Mysticism: An Annotated Bibliography on the Kabbalah in En...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.57 × 5.48 × 0.9 inPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction--Sheila A. Spector * Cultural Contexts * Great Britain or Judea Nova? National Identity, Property, and the Jewish Naturalization Controversy of 1753--Alan H. Singer * Abraham Goldsmid: Money Magician in the Popular Press--Mark L. Schoenfield * Halakhic Romanticism: Wordsworth, the Rabbis, and Torah--Lloyd Davies * “What Are Those Golden Builders Doing?”: Mendelssohn, Blake, and the (Un)Building of Jerusalem--Leslie Tannenbaum * British Romantics and the Haskalah * “For Luz is a Good Joke”: Thomas Lovell Beddoes and Jewish Eschatology--Christopher Moylan * Scott’s Hebraic Historicism--Esther Schor * Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington: The Price of Sympathetic Representation--Neville Hoad * Imagining “the jew”: Dickens’ Romantic Heritage--Efraim Sicher * Jewish Writers and British Romanticism * British-Jewish Writing of the Romantic Era and the Problem of Modernity: The Example of David Levi--Michael Scrivener * Not for “Antiquaries,” But for “Philosophers”: Isaac D’Israeli’s Talmudic Critique and His Talmudical Way with Literature--Stuart Peterfreund * Hyman Hurwitz’s Hebrew Tales (1826): Redeeming the Talmudic Garden--Judith W. Page * Grace Aguilar: Rewriting Scott Rewriting History--Elizabeth Fay * Alroy as Disraeli’s “Ideal Ambition”--Sheila A. Spector * Harold’s Complaint, or Assimilation in Full Bloom--David Kaufmann

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"Without exception, the contributors to British Romanticism and the Jews negotiate almost seamlessly between the fields of literature, history, cultural, and Jewish studies."-- Frank Felsenstein, Ball State University"It is to the credit of such a fine collection that one's only real regret is that there isn't more"--Kelly Grovier, University of Wales"The strange historical silence in Romantic scholarship about British Jews has finally been drowned by utterance. One can only hope that these words will sound and resound."--Michael Galchinsky, Georgia State University "These essays provide a fascinating and thought-provoking reconsideration of some familiar figures and a well-contextualized introduction to some less familiar ones that should provide an impetus for more discussion of the Romantic-era interrelations of British and Jewish culture."--Clare A. Simmons, Ohio State University"The complex relationship between British romanticism and Anglo-Jewry has never before been discussed so exhaustively and with such sophistication."--Bryan Cheyette, University of Southampton