The Ambivalent Author

The Ambivalent Author

Five German Writers and Their Jewish Characters, 1848-1914

eBook - 2002
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This study addresses the problems raised by the ambivalent comments about or portrayals of the Jews to be found in the writings of Gustav Freytag, Wilhelm Raabe, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Theodor Fontane and the early Thomas Mann. Why was it that these supposedly tolerant and liberal-minded men could use the language and images of antisemitism in their non-fiction and fiction? The book considers the question within the context of the unequal German-Jewish relationship in the period before, during and after Jewish emancipation. This study exposes the problematic way in which liberal-minded Germans thought about and treated the Jews in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Contents: Gustav Freytag: The Limitations of Liberalism -- Wilhelm Raabe: The Master, the 'Schone Semitische Zauberin' and her 'Krummnasige Verwandtschaft' -- Leopold von Sacher-Masoch: Erratic Solidarity -- Theodor Fontane: The Uncertain Critic -- Thomas Mann: The Blindness of the 'bequeme Mehrzahl'.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : P. Lang, [2002], ©2002
ISBN: 9781423759157
Branch Call Number: 830.352 Bu
Characteristics: 1 online resource (338 pages)
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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