The Invisible Jewish Budapest: Metropolitan Culture At The Fin De Siècle

Hardcover | April 12, 2016

byMary Gluck

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Budapest at the fin de siècle was famed and emulated for its cosmopolitan urban culture and nightlife. It was also the second-largest Jewish city in Europe. Mary Gluck delves into the popular culture of Budapest’s coffee houses, music halls, and humor magazines to uncover the enormous influence of assimilated Jews in creating modernist Budapest between 1867 and 1914. She explores the paradox of Budapest in this era: because much of the Jewish population embraced and promoted a secular, metropolitan culture, their influence as Jews was both profound and invisible.

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Budapest at the fin de siècle was famed and emulated for its cosmopolitan urban culture and nightlife. It was also the second-largest Jewish city in Europe. Mary Gluck delves into the popular culture of Budapest’s coffee houses, music halls, and humor magazines to uncover the enormous influence of assimilated Jews in creating modernist...

Mary Gluck is a professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University. She is the author of Georg Lukács and His Generation, 1900–1918 and Popular Bohemia: Modernism and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299307700

ISBN - 13:9780299307707

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction: Jewish Budapest as a Symbolic Space            
1 Cultural Visions of the Emerging City                   
2 The Jewish Question and the Paradox of Hungarian Liberalism                
3 A Jewish Politician in a Divided Public Space                   
4 The Jewish Humor Magazine and Collective Self-Parody             
5 The Scandal of the Budapest Orpheum                  
6 Critical Cross-Dressing and Jewish Bourgeois Identity                 
Epilogue: The Waning of Jewish Budapest after World War I                     
 
Notes              
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Gluck artfully deploys . . . materials—from jokes to cartoons—to analyse a community that faced simultaneous stresses from internal ambivalence and external anti-Semitism. . . . Profoundly insightful.”—Times Literary Supplement