The Jewish Question in German Literature, 1749-1939: Emancipation and its Discontents

Paperback | October 15, 2001

byRitchie Robertson

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The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 is an erudite and searching literary study of the uneasy position of the Jews in Germany and Austria from the first pleas for Jewish emancipation during the Enlightenment to the eve of the Holocaust. Trying to avoid hindsight, and drawingon a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close examination of attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular world. He examines both literary portrayals of Jews by Gentile writers - whether antisemitic, friendly, or ambivalent - and efforts toreinvent Jewish identities by the Jews themselves, in response to antisemitism culminating in Zionism. No other study by a single author deals with German-Jewish relations so comprehensively and over such a long period of literary history. Robertson's new work will prove stimulating for anyoneinterested in the modern Jewish experience, as well as for scholars and students of German fiction, prose, and political culture.

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The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 is an erudite and searching literary study of the uneasy position of the Jews in Germany and Austria from the first pleas for Jewish emancipation during the Enlightenment to the eve of the Holocaust. Trying to avoid hindsight, and drawingon a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie R...

Ritchie Robertson is at St John's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionEnlightenment; German Jewry before Emancipation; How the Enlightenment saw the Jews; Lessing and Toleration; Emancipation: Dohm versus Humboldt; Moses Mendelssohn and the Rational Jew; Mendelssohns LegacyLiberalism; Jews and Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century; Schnitzler: Liberalism and Irony; The European Humanism of Stefan Zweig; Freud: Science versus ReligionAntisemitism; Varieties of Antisemitism; Literary Images of the JewAssimilation; The Meaning of Assimilation; Self-Hatred; HyperacculturationDissimilation; The Jewish Renaissance; The Eastern Jews; The Jew as OrientalZionismAbbreviationsSelect Bibliography

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