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Acts of Naming: The Family Plot in Fiction

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Michael Ragussis re-reads the novelistic tradition by arguing the acts of naming--bestowing, revealing, or earning a name; taking away, hiding, or prohibiting a name; slandering, or protecting and serving it--lie at the center of fictional plots from the 18th…
Figures of Conversion: "The Jewish Question" and English National Identity

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"I knew a Man, who having nothing but a summary Notion of Religion himself, and being wicked and profligate to the last Degree in his Life, made a thorough Reformation in himself, by labouring to convert a Jew ." —Daniel Defoe, The Farther Adventures of Robinson…
Theatrical Nation: Jews and Other Outlandish Englishmen in Georgian Britain

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Perhaps the most significant development of the Georgian theater was its multiplication of ethnic, colonial, and provincial character types parading across the stage. In Theatrical Nation , Michael Ragussis opens up an archive of neglected plays and performances…