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
     
 

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 drawing on a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close… See more details below

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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 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. He examines both literary portrayals of Jews by Gentile writers - whether antisemitic, friendly, or ambivalent - and efforts to reinvent Jewish identities by the Jews themselves, in response to antisemitism culminating in Zionism. Robertson's new work will prove stimulating for anyone interested in the modern Jewish experience, as well as for scholars and students of German fiction, prose, and political culture.

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

Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Enlightenment9
German Jewry before Emancipation9
How the Enlightenment saw the Jews22
Lessing and Toleration32
Emancipation: Dohm versus Humboldt45
Moses Mendelssohn and the Rational Jew54
Mendelssohn's Legacy65
2Liberalism77
Jews and Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century77
Schnitzler: Liberalism and Irony93
The European Humanism of Stefan Zweig112
Freud: Science versus Religion129
3Antisemitism151
Varieties of Antisemitism151
Literary Images of the Jew202
4Assimilation233
The Meaning of Assimilation233
Self-Hatred285
Hyperacculturation345
5Dissimilation379
The Jewish Renaissance379
The Eastern Jews399
The Jew as Oriental428
Zionism465
Select Bibliography505
Index521

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