Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond

Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond

by Jeffrey Librett
     
 

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In this groundbreaking work, the author effects the first extended rhetorical-philosophical reading of the historically problematic relationship between Jews and Germans, based on an analysis of texts from the Enlightenment through Modernism by Moses Mendelssohn, Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel, Karl Marx, Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud.See more details below

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In this groundbreaking work, the author effects the first extended rhetorical-philosophical reading of the historically problematic relationship between Jews and Germans, based on an analysis of texts from the Enlightenment through Modernism by Moses Mendelssohn, Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel, Karl Marx, Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud.

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"This monumental work traces the intellectual and cultural history of the tragic failure of German-Jewish relations with extraordinary erudition, scholarship, and moral sensitivity. Librett manages to bring into a remarkable narrative and conceptual coherence the major political, philosophical, theological, and aesthetic debates of the era." —Eric Santner,University of Chicago
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Reading texts from the German Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism, Librett (modern languages and literatures, Loyola U.) interprets Mendelssohn, his daughter and son-in-law Dorothea and Friedrich Schlegel, Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche, and Freud in terms of the medieval tradition of figural representation, which defined the Jewish-Christian schism as that between the dead, abstract word and the living, fulfilled spirit. Illustrations include the famous painting,. A postscript comments on debates about Holocaust memory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780804739313
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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