The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America

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Overview

From the beginning of modern intellectual history to the culture wars of the present day, the experience of assimilating Jews and the idiom of "culture" have been fundamentally intertwined with each other. Freedman's book begins by looking at images of the stereotypical Jew in the literary culture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century England and America, and then considers the efforts on the part of Jewish critics and intellectuals to counter this image in the public sphere. It explores the unexpected parallels and ironic reversals between a cultural dispensation that had ambivalent responses to Jews and Jews who became exponents of that very tradition.

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Supplement Times Literary
The Temple of Culture has, it is to be hoped, changed the terms of debate away from the many heated and fruitless exchanges which have steadfastly ignored the fundamental ambivalences which remain at the heart of Anglo-American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195131574
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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University of Michigan
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface
1. The Jew in the Museum
2. The Temple of Culture and the Market for Letters:The Jew and the Way We Write Now
3. The Mania for the Middlebrow: Trilby, the Jew, and the Middlebrow Imaginary
4. Henry James and the Discourses of Anti-Semitism
5. Henry James among the Jews Afterword: Beyond the Battle of the Blooms

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