The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byJonathan Freedman

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From the beginning of modern intellectual history to the culture wars of the present day, the experience of assimilating Jews and the idiom of "culture" have been fundamentally intertwined with each other. Freedman's book begins by looking at images of the stereotypical Jew in the literaryculture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century England and America, and then considers the efforts on the part of Jewish critics and intellectuals to counter this image in the public sphere. It explores the unexpected parallels and ironic reversals between a cultural dispensation that had ambivalentresponses to Jews and Jews who became exponents of that very tradition.

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From the beginning of modern intellectual history to the culture wars of the present day, the experience of assimilating Jews and the idiom of "culture" have been fundamentally intertwined with each other. Freedman's book begins by looking at images of the stereotypical Jew in the literaryculture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century En...

Jonathan Freedman is at University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151992

ISBN - 13:9780195151992

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface1. The Jew in the Museum2. The Temple of Culture and the Market for Letters:The Jew and the Way We Write Now3. The Mania for the Middlebrow: Trilby, the Jew, and the Middlebrow Imaginary4. Henry James and the Discourses of Anti-Semitism5. Henry James among the JewsAfterword: Beyond the Battle of the Blooms

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"Freedman traces a complex history with erudite, nuanced rigor worthy both of his key interlocuter, Henry James, and the midcentury scholars--Philip Rahv, Leon Edel, Lionel Trilling--who took possession of James's legacy... crucial and fascinating... In measured judgement, Freedman steps awayfrom the rigorously postmodern, infinitely regressive unpacking of Jewishness as (mass)-mediated contestation to enter the contest himself, deploying, with inspired dexterity, a fictional figure--Svengali!--who first came into the world by outlandish goyish projection."--Thomas J. Ferraro, AmericanLiterature, March 2002 rucial and fascinating