Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 / Edition 1

Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 / Edition 1

by Bryan Cheyette
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521558778

ISBN-13: 9780521558778

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521558778
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

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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