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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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Minority Culture in the Age of the Nation

Minority Culture in the Age of the Nation

Jewish Historical Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Germany

(p.67) Three Minority Culture in the Age of the Nation
Jewish Pasts, German Fictions

Jonathan Skolnik

Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses dissimilation and the role of Jews in the German public sphere. It discusses novels by German-Jewish “minority” writers, including Ludwig Philippson and Marcus Lehmann, to explore the role of minority culture in an age of emerging national culture and embourgoisement. Theories of minority culture that stress the subversive aspects of identity are inadequate for an analysis of Jewish popular culture in nineteenth-century Europe. Novels on Sephardic themes projected modern conceptions of religion, family, and politics backward into history to lend historical legitimacy to various integrationist Jewish identities. It also analyzes adaptations of German novels from the mid-1800s into Hebrew and Yiddish, illustrating the transformation of minority culture into national culture.

Keywords:   historical novel, minority culture, memory, nation, Sephardic, Abravanel, Ludwig Philippson, Marcus Lehmann

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