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The ‘Jewish Question’ in German Literature 1749–1939: Emancipation and its Discontents

Ritchie Robertson


This book is a 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, this book offers a close examination of attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular world. It 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 culminati ... More

Keywords: Jews, Germany, Austria, Jewish emancipation, Enlightenment, Holocaust, Jewish identity, Gentile writers, antisemitism, Zionism

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248889
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248889.001.0001


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Ritchie Robertson, author
St John's College, Oxford
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