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The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination: A Case of Russian Literature

Leonid Livak


This book proposes that the idea of the Jews in European cultures has little to do with actual Jews, but rather is derived from the conception of Jews as Christianity's paradigmatic Other, eternally reenacting their morally ambiguous New Testament role as the Christ-bearing and Christ-killing chosen people of God. Through new readings of canonical Russian literary texts by Gogol, Turgenev, Chekhov, Babel, and others, the author argues that these European writers—Christian, secular, and Jewish—based their representation of Jews on the Christian exegetical tradition of anti-Judaism. Indeed, the ... More

Keywords: Russian literature, Jews, Gogol, Turgenev, Chekhov, Babel, Jewish writers, Russian-Jewish literature, Christianity, anti-Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonid Livak, author