Philosemitism in Historyby Jonathan Karp
Too often philosemitism, the idealization of Jews and Judaism, has been simplistically misunderstood as merely antisemitism "in sheep's clothing." This book takes a different approach, surveying the phenomenon from antiquity to the present and highlighting its rich complexity and broad impact on Western culture. Philosemitism in History includes fourteen essays by… See more details below
Too often philosemitism, the idealization of Jews and Judaism, has been simplistically misunderstood as merely antisemitism "in sheep's clothing." This book takes a different approach, surveying the phenomenon from antiquity to the present and highlighting its rich complexity and broad impact on Western culture. Philosemitism in History includes fourteen essays by specialist historians, anthropologists, literary scholars, and scholars of religion, ranging from medieval philosemitism to such modern and contemporary topics as the African American depictions of Jews as ethnic role models, the Zionism of Christian evangelicals, pro-Jewish educational television in West Germany, and the current fashion for Jewish "kitsch" memorabilia in contemporary East-Central Europe. An extensive introductory chapter offers a thorough and original overview of the topic. The book underscores both the endurance and the malleability of philosemitism, drawing attention to this important but widely neglected facet of Jewish-non-Jewish relations.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: a brief history of philosemitism Adam Sutcliffe and Jonathan Karp; Part I. Medieval and Early Modern Frameworks: 1. Philosemitic tendencies in medieval western Christendom Robert Chazan; 2. The revival of Christian Hebraism in early modern Europe Abraham Melamed; 3. The philosemitic moment? Judaism and republicanism in seventeenth-century European thought Adam Sutcliffe; Part II. Three European Philosemites: 4. William Whiston's Judeo-Christianity: millenarianism and Christian Zionism in early enlightenment England Adam Shear; 5. A friend of the Jews? The Abbé Grégoire and philosemitism in revolutionary France Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall; 6. Ordinary people, ordinary Jews: Mór Jókai as Magyar philosemite Howard Lupovitch; Part III. The Cultural Politics of Philosemitism in Victorian Britain and Imperial Germany: 7. Bad Jew / good Jewess: gender and semitic discourse in nineteenth-century England Nadia Valman; 8. Anti'philosemitism' and anti-antisemitism in imperial Germany Lars Fischer; 9. From recognition to consensus: the nature of philosemitism in Germany, 1871-1932 Alan T. Levenson; Part IV. American Philosemitism: 10. Ethnic role models and chosen peoples: philosemitism in African-American culture Jonathan Karp; 11. Connoisseurs of angst: the Jewish mystique and postwar American literary culture Julian Levinson; 12. 'It's all in the Bible': evangelical Christians, biblical literalism and philosemitism in our times Yaakov Ariel; Part V. Philosemitism in Post-Holocaust Europe: 13. What is the opposite of genocide? Philosemitic television in Germany, 1963-1995 Wulf Kansteiner; 14. 'Non-Jewish, non kosher, yet also recommended': beyond 'virtually Jewish' in post-millenium Central Europe Ruth Ellen Gruber.
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