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Jewish Pasts, German FictionsHistory, Memory, and Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1955$
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Jonathan Skolnik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786072

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786072.001.0001

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Jewish Cultural Memory and the German Historical Novel

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Jewish Pasts, German Fictions

Jonathan Skolnik

Stanford University Press

The introduction examines the relation between modern, secular Jewish history writing (Wissenschaft des Judentums, the “Jewish version of German historicism”) and historical fiction. It introduces Rosenzweig's term “dissimilation” as a concept for the analysis of minority culture and questions of integration in an age of nationalism and embourgoisement. The argument is reinforced with an interpretation of Moritz Oppenheim's 1864 painting Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Plays for Goethe.

Keywords:   dissimilation, assimilation, minority culture, German-Jewish, Sephardic, historical novel

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