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Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
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Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity

Jonathan M. Hess

Abstract

For generations of German-speaking Jews, the works of Goethe and Schiller epitomized the world of European high culture, a realm that Jews actively participated in as both readers and consumers. Yet from the 1830s on, Jews writing in German also produced a vast corpus of popular fiction that was explicitly Jewish in content, audience, and function. This book offers a comprehensive investigation into this literature, which sought to navigate between tradition and modernity, between Jewish history and the German present, and between the fading walls of the ghetto and the promise of a new identit ... More

Keywords: Jewish identity, German-speaking Jews, Goethe, Schiller, Jewish history, popular fiction, belles lettres, nineteenth-century Germany, Jewish experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761222
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761222.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan M. Hess, author