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The Jewish Persona in the European ImaginationA Case of Russian Literature$
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Leonid Livak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001

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The Opponent

The Opponent

(p.122) Seven The Opponent
The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination
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This chapter examines the opponents or protagonists in Nikolai Gogol's “Taras Bul'ba,” discusses Gogol's depiction of the Jews in effeminate dresses, and highlights the fact that the Catholic clergy in his novella never shaped up as individual characters like “the Jews” and women. It suggests that the character of Andrii is comparable to Judas and that his damnation is linked to that of “the Jews,” who are considered to be the only sinners who cannot be freed from hell. The chapter discusses the view that cowardice of “the Jews” in this novella is a theologically motivated obfuscation of Jewish resistance to Christian persecution and of the historical participation of Jews in European warfare.

Keywords:   Taras Bul'ba, Nikolai Gogol, protagonists, Jews, Catholic clergy, women, Andrii, Jewish resistance, European warfare

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