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The Jewish Persona in the European ImaginationA Case of Russian Literature$
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Leonid Livak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001

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Reb Goethe and the Problematics of Russian-Jewish Authorship

Reb Goethe and the Problematics of Russian-Jewish Authorship

(p.281) Fifteen Reb Goethe and the Problematics of Russian-Jewish Authorship
The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination
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This chapter examines the place of Christian and post-Christian imaginative patterns in the cultural and artistic self-image of Russian-Jewish artists, and in their ideas of “the Jews” and “Jewishness.” It explains the identity problems of assimilated Jewish authors that arise from their encounter with “the Jews” of the Christian imagination. The chapter also suggests that, like other minorities, assimilated Jews often uncritically absorb the majority discourse about them, and considers the appropriation of a Gentile cultural icon by a traditional Jewish community on its own terms.

Keywords:   Russian-Jewish artists, imaginative patterns, Jews, Jewishness, Christian imagination, cultural self-image, artistic self-image

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