Constructions of the Jew in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 by Bryan CheyetteConstructions of the Jew in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 by Bryan Cheyette

Constructions of the Jew in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945

byBryan Cheyette

Paperback | January 26, 1996

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Literary critics and cultural historians have for too long written the question of race out of mainstream accounts of English literature. In Constructions of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society Bryan Cheyette combines cultural theory, discourse analysis and new historicism with close readings of works by Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling, Shaw and Wells, Belloc and Chesterton, T. S. Eliot and Joyce to argue that the Jew lies at the heart of modern English literature and society: not as a stereotype, but as the embodiment of confusion and indeterminacy.
Title:Constructions of the Jew in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521558778

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: semitism and the cultural realm; 2. The promised land of liberalism: Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope and George Eliot; 3. Empire and anarchy: John Buchan and Rudyard Kipling; 4. The 'socialism of fools': George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells; 5. The limits of liberalism: Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton; 6. Modernism and ambivalence: James Joyce and T. S. Eliot; 7. Conclusion: semitism and the crisis of representation; Bibliography; Index.

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this book combines cultural theory, discourse analysis and new historicism with close readings of work by Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling and more.

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"The overall impression Cheyette gives is of patience, persistence and refusal to oversimplify a fraught and often painful subject, and to do justice to his complex and intricate argument it is necessary to get to grips with its detail." Patrick Parrinder, London Review of Books