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Jews and Gentiles

Jakobowicz, Rachel

Jews and Gentiles

Anti-Semitism and Jewish Assimilation in German Literary Life in the Early 19th Century

Series: Australisch-Neuseeländische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur / Australian and New Zealand Studies in German Language and Literature - Volume 16

Year of Publication: 1992

Bern, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, 1992. 264 pp.
ISBN 978-3-261-04460-0 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.260 kg, 0.573 lbs

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Book synopsis

From the end of the 18th century Jewish German history shows a pattern of emancipation and counter-emancipation which this study describes in detail. Evidence is taken from the diaries and correspondence of Jewish and non-Jewish intellectuals as well as from the fictional literature of the time. The rise of civic and literary anti-Semitism is documented, and the attitudes of personalities such as Wilhelm von Humboldt, Bettina and Achim von Arnim, Rahel Varnhagen, Dorothea Schlegel, Goethe and Börne are examined.


Contents: Historical background - Definition of terms - Personal communication: letters and diaries - Plays - Prose - «Die Judengasse».


«øThis book! traces informatively the history of Jewish acculturation and its problems in private letters (the Humboldts, Bettine, Rahel and Dorothea), dramas, prose narratives and memoires. J. is highly informative and applies precise analytical categories.» (The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies)


Australian and New Zealand Studies in German Language and Literature. Vol. 16
Edited by Gerhard Schulz and John A. Asher