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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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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761222.003.0006

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. It briefly discusses how German Jews' often conspicuous consumption of high culture has obscured the significance of the vast body of popular belles lettres that German-Jewish print media disseminated from the late 1830s on. The chapter argues that German-speaking Jews were pioneers when it came to creating a tradition of popular Jewish belles lettres invested with the task of ensuring Judaism's survival in the modern world. In this respect, much Jewish fiction today may be more the heirs of the German-Jewish experience than contemporary commentators often acknowledge.

Keywords:   Jewish literature, German Jews, Jewish fiction, Judaism

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