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Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity$
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Jonathan M. Hess

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761222

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761222.001.0001

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Under the Sword of the Spanish Inquisition:

Under the Sword of the Spanish Inquisition:

The Sephardic Legacy and the Making of Middlebrow Classics

(p.26) One Under the Sword of the Spanish Inquisition:
Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
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This chapter examines historical fiction that emerged in the nineteenth century. Among these is Die Marannen [The Marranos] by Phöbus Philippson (1807–1870), which represents an important launching point for the development of German-Jewish literature. The chapter also discusses how the Spanish Inquisition and the ousting of the Moors in 1492 became a familiar setting for historical fiction. In many ways Die Marannen and subsequent German-Jewish fiction simply rewrote popular narratives of the Inquisition, putting Jewish rather than Protestant victims at center stage.

Keywords:   Jewish literature, Jews, historical fiction, German-Jewish literature, Die Marannen, Phöbus Philippson, Spanish Inquisition

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