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The 'Jewish question' in German literature, 1749-1939 : emancipation and its discontents

Robertson, Ritchie

Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford ; New York, 1999
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Small quarto in black illus jacket; x, 534 pages ; 23 cm, bibliographical references (pages 505-520) and index. Fine in near fine+ jacket housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Binding is extremely slightly cocked. Barley noticeable. "The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 is an erudite and searching literary study of the uneasy position of the Jews in Germany and Austria from the first pleas for Jewish emancipation during the Enlightenment to the eve of the Holocaust. Trying to avoid hindsight, and drawing on a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close examination of attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular world. He examines both literary portrayals of Jews by Gentile writers - whether antisemitic, friendly, or ambivalent - and efforts to reinvent Jewish identities by the Jews themselves, in response to antisemitism culminating in Zionism. Robertson's new work will prove stimulating for anyone interested in the modern Jewish experience, as well as for scholars and students of German fiction, prose, and political culture."--Jacket. Contents: German Jewry before emancipation -- How the enlightenment saw the Jews -- Lessing and toleration -- Emancipation: Dohm versus Humboldt -- Moses Mendelssohn and the rational Jew -- Mendelssohn's legacy -- Jews and liberalism in the nineteenth century -- Schnitzler: liberalism and irony -- The European humanism of Stefan Zweig -- Freud: science versus religion -- Varieties of antisemitism -- Literary images of the Jew -- The meaning of assimilation -- Self-hatred -- Hyperacculturation -- The Jewish Renaissance -- The Eastern Jews -- The Jew as Oriental -- Zionism. || Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1800-1933. Jews -- Emancipation -- Germany. Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- Germany. Jews -- Public opinion. Public opinion -- Germany. Antisemitism -- Germany. Jews in literature. Jews -- Germany -- Intellectual life -- 19th century. Antisemitism. Intellectual life. Jews. Jews -- Cultural assimilation. Jews -- Emancipation. Jews -- Intellectual life. Jews -- Public opinion. Jews in literature. Public opinion. Joden. Letterkunde. Duits. Juifs -- Opinion publique. Juifs -- Allemagne -- Vie intellectuelle -- 19e siècle. Juifs -- Allemagne -- Histoire -- 1800-1933. Juifs -- Émancipation -- Allemagne. Juifs -- Acculturation -- Allemagne. Antisémitisme -- Allemagne. Juifs dans la littérature. Littérature allemande -- Thèmes, motifs. Littérature allemande -- 18e siècle -- Thèmes, motifs. Littérature allemande -- 1900-1945 -- Thèmes, motifs. Genre/Form: History. Time: 1800-1933 Geographic: Germany -- Intellectual life -- 19th century. Germany. Opinion publique -- Allemagne. Allemagne -- Vie intellectuelle -- 19e siècle. First edition, first printing (full number line). Bookseller Inventory # 86317

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Title: The 'Jewish question' in German literature, ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford ; New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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