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

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

by Ritchie Robertson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199248885

ISBN-13: 9780199248889

Pub. Date: 12/13/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book is an erudite 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. Drawing on a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close examination of attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular

Overview

This book is an erudite 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. Drawing on 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. No other study by a single author deals with German-Jewish relations so comprehensively and over such a long period of literary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199248889
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/13/2001
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Enlightenment; German Jewry before Emancipation; How the Enlightenment saw the Jews; Lessing and Toleration; Emancipation: Dohm versus Humboldt; Moses Mendelssohn and the Rational Jew; Mendelssohns Legacy
Liberalism; Jews and Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century; Schnitzler: Liberalism and Irony; The European Humanism of Stefan Zweig; Freud: Science versus Religion
Antisemitism; Varieties of Antisemitism; Literary Images of the Jew
Assimilation; The Meaning of Assimilation; Self-Hatred; Hyperacculturation
Dissimilation; The Jewish Renaissance; The Eastern Jews; The Jew as Oriental
Zionism
Abbreviations
Select Bibliography

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