Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire((Contraversions, Jews and the Other Differences)

Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire((Contraversions, Jews and the Other Differences)

by Gabriella Safran
     
 


In the Russian Empire of the 1870s and 1880s, while intellectuals and politicians debated the "Jewish Question," more and more acculturating Jews, who dressed, spoke, and behaved like non-Jews, appeared in real life and in literature. This book examines stories about Jewish assimilation, introducing the English-language reader to works that were much discussed in… See more details below

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In the Russian Empire of the 1870s and 1880s, while intellectuals and politicians debated the "Jewish Question," more and more acculturating Jews, who dressed, spoke, and behaved like non-Jews, appeared in real life and in literature. This book examines stories about Jewish assimilation, introducing the English-language reader to works that were much discussed in their time.

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"Intelligently and creatively, Safran compares closely the work of the Jewish author, Grigory Bogrov; the Polish author, Eliza Orzeszkowa; and the Russian writers Nikolai Leskov and Anton Chekhov with characterizations of Jews found in Russian letters throughout the whole of the century. In doing so, she demonstrates a familiarity and comfort with both critical themes of pre-Soviet Russian literature and literary criticism and with the broader context of Jewish life in the empire. Accordingly, her work is of genuine interest to students of Russian literature as well as for those committed to the investigation of both Jewish and Russian cultural history in the Tsarist empire."—The Russian Review

"Writ[ten] in a clear, engaging and distinctive style. . . . [Safran] shares her insights on many important aspects of Jewish identity, issues of national identity, acculturation, assimilation, conversion, and anti-Semitism, among others, while she studies her four writers and their literary milieu. For academic libraries."—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"[Safran's] work makes a serious contribution to our understanding of the complex nexus of Jew and Gentile in late Imperial Russia . . . .[It] should be read by anyone interested in the 'Jewish question,' national identities, and literature in the late Russian Empire. "—Canadian Slavonic Papers

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Safran (Slavic languages and literatures, Stanford U.) examines stories about Jewish assimilation by four authors: Grigory Bogrov, a Russian Jew; Eliza Orzeszkowa, a Polish Catholic; and Nikolai Leskov and Anton Chekhov, both Eastern Orthodox Russians. Themes explored include the Christians' obsession with the metamorphosis of Jews and the terms and prototypes they use to describe it, as well as the eternal dilemmas of human identity and mutability. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804738309
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Contraversions: Jews and Other Differenc Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

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