Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews

Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews

by Jay Geller

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Overview

Given the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals—pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes disseminated for millennia to debase, dehumanize, and justify the persecution of Jews, Bestiarium Judaicum asks: What is at play when Jewish-identified writers tell animal stories?

Focusing on the nonhuman-animal constructions of primarily Germanophone authors, including Sigmund Freud, Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, and Gertrud Kolmar, Jay Geller expands his earlier examinations (On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions and The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity) of how such writers drew upon representations of Jewish corporeality in order to work through their particular situations in Gentile modernity. From Heine’s ironic lizards to Kafka’s Red Peter and Siodmak’s Wolf Man, Bestiarium Judaicum brings together Jewish cultural studies and critical animal studies to ferret out these writers’ engagement with the bestial answers upon which the Jewish and animal questions converged and by which varieties of the species “Jew” were identified.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823275595
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jay Geller is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Vanderbilt University Jewish Studies Program. He is the author of On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions and The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity , both published by Fordham.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Notes

Chapter One and Notes

Chapter Two and Notes

Chapter Three and Notes

Chapter Four and Notes

Chapter Five and Notes

Chapter Six and Notes

Chapter Seven and Notes

Chapter Eight and Notes

Afterword and Notes

Acknowledgements

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