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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 Fiction and the Making of Modern Orthodoxy

Middlebrow Fiction and the Making of Modern Orthodoxy

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(p.157) Four Middlebrow Fiction and the Making of Modern Orthodoxy
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Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761222.003.0005

This chapter examines the roles that narrative fiction—primarily orthodox novels and novellas of contemporary Jewish life—played in creating and sustaining a vision of orthodoxy as wedded to German culture and ideas about modernity as it was to maintaining the continuity with Jewish tradition which orthodox leaders felt reformers had forsaken. As prominent as fiction was in Jeschurun, Der Israelit and other papers, it always occupied a subordinate position in the orthodox world, inferior to Torah and Talmud study, and ranking far beneath more traditional Jewish reading material.

Keywords:   Jewish literature, Jews, narrative fiction, orthodox novels, Jewish life, German culture, modernity

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