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

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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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“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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"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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Jeffrey S. Librett is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University of Chicago.
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Table of Contents

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Preface: What This Book Is About
Introduction: From the Rhetoric of Dialogue to the End of Jewish-German Emancipation 1
1 Judaism Between Power and Knowledge: The Undecidability of the Law in Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem, or on Religious Power and Judaism (1783) 43
2 The Ontorhetoric of "Refined Pantheism" in Moses Mendelssohn's Morning Hours, or Lectures on the Existence of God (1785) 75
3 The Birth of German Romanticism out of the "Dialogue" Between (Protestant) Spirit and (Jewish) Letter: Friedrich Schlegel's "On Lessing" (1797) and Its "Conclusion" (1801) 103
4 Duplicitous Engenderments of the Literal Spirit: Friedrich Schlegel's "On Philosophy: To Dorothea" (1798) and Lucinde (1799) 131
5 Resisting "Fulfillment": The Undecidable Limit Between Figural and Literal in Dorothea Veit's Florentin: A Novel (1801) 176
6 Protestant Negativity as "Prefiguration" of Neo-Catholic Positivity in Friedrich Schlegel's Lessing's Thoughts and Opinions (1804) 201
7 The Reversal of Emancipation on the Left: Karl Marx's "On the Jewish Question" (1843) 219
8 The Reversal of Emancipation on the Right: Richard Wagner's "Judaism in Music" (1850) 241
Postscript: Through Modernism to - "Emancipation" from Holocaust Memory? 259
Notes 287
Works Cited 371
Index 385
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