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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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Middlebrow Culture in Pursuit of Romance:

Middlebrow Culture in Pursuit of Romance:

Love, Fiction, and the Virtues of Marrying In

(p.111) Three Middlebrow Culture in Pursuit of Romance:
Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
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This chapter examines German-Jewish romance fiction in the nineteenth century, a genre that neither had a long shelf life nor inspired any direct imitators. None of the actual specimens of this genre became a permanent fixture of German-Jewish literary life. The body of literature studied in the chapter is important, then, less because of the success of its individual titles than because of its collective aspirations and the creative ways it appropriated popular-cultural narratives about romance to create a tradition of middlebrow fiction that might play a crucial role in guaranteeing Jewish continuity.

Keywords:   Jewish literature, German Jews, romance fiction, German-Jewish literature, romantic love, middlebrow fiction

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