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The Ridiculous Jew: The Exploitation and Transformation of a Stereotype in Gogol, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky

Gary Rosenshield


This book is a study devoted to exploring the use of a Russian version of the Jewish stereotype (the ridiculous Jew) in the works of three of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. The author does not attempt to expose the stereotype—which was self-consciously and unashamedly employed. Rather, he examines how stereotypes are used to further the very different artistic, cultural, and ideological agendas of each writer. What distinguishes this book from others is that it explores the problems that arise when an ethnic stereotype is so fully incorporated into a work of art that it takes ... More

Keywords: ridiculous Jew, Jewish stereotype, Russian, artistic agendas, cultural agendas, ideological agendas, stereotypes, nineteenth century, literary transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759526
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Rosenshield, author