Disraeli's Jewishness

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The subject of Disraeli's jewishness was one that obsessed contemporaries but was subsequently downplayed by historians and others until very recently. The essays in this volume provide a new perspective, stressing the importance of Disraeli's Jewishness in the construction of his personality, ideology and politics as well as in responses to him. This collection is an important addition not only to the understanding of Disraeli but also to the workings of race relations in ...
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Overview

The subject of Disraeli's jewishness was one that obsessed contemporaries but was subsequently downplayed by historians and others until very recently. The essays in this volume provide a new perspective, stressing the importance of Disraeli's Jewishness in the construction of his personality, ideology and politics as well as in responses to him. This collection is an important addition not only to the understanding of Disraeli but also to the workings of race relations in Liberal Victorian Britain.
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Seven academics from the U.S. and UK contribute eight essays, including amended versions of some of the essays published in the Fall 1996 issue of the journal , plus new essays written specifically for this book. They seek to restore the Jewish dimension to Disraeli's life and work, while also exploring some new aspects of the topic. These include gender concerns in Disraeli's fictional work, an examination of Disraeli's novels in the context of romanticism and the history of nineteenth-century taste, the myth of Sephardi superiority, an examination of why Disraeli was a target of antisemitic abuse, and ways in which his Jewishness was constructed and contested in the UK and U.S. during the twentieth century. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Self-Constructions
Benjamin Disraeli and the Myth of Sephardi Superiority 23
'Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin': Jewish Perspectives in Disraeli's Fiction 40
Manly Jews: Disraeli, Jewishness and Gender 62
Pt. 2 Responses to Disraeli's Jewishness
'Ben JuJu': Representations of Disraeli's Jewishness in the Victorian Political Cartoon 105
Disraeli, the Rothschilds and Antisemitism 162
'Jew Feelings' and Realpolitik: Disraeli and the Making of Foreign and Imperial Policy 180
Pt. 3 Afterlife
One of Us? Contesting Disraeli's Jewishness and Englishness in the Twentieth Century 201
Index 263
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