By Ezra Mendelsohn
Literary concepts: Jewish Texts and Contexts collects essays on Jewish literature which care for "the manifold ways in which literary texts demonstrate their authors' attitudes towards their very own Jewish identification and towards various points of the 'Jewish question.'" Essays during this quantity discover the stress among Israeli and Diaspora identities, and among those that write in Hebrew or Yiddish and those that write in different "non-Jewish" languages. The essays additionally discover the query of ways Jewish writers have in mind background of their "search for a useable past." From essays on Jabotinsky's nearly unknown performs to Philip Roth's novels, this booklet presents a powerful evaluation of latest issues in Jewish literary reports.
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Now you have touched this English hand You will do the same to the German— Soon, no doubt, if it be your pleasure To cross the sleeping green between. 17 The droll, cosmopolitan rat is a creature that is intriguingly given an attractive human consciousness as compared with the more conventional negative association of parasitism. 18 Unlike Zangwill, who in his fiction had attempted to domesticate stereotypes of the Jewish "alien" or "pauper," Englishness and Extraterritoriality 25 Rosenberg completely changes the meaning of such stereotypes by humanizing them and, above all, placing them in an ironic context.
11. Sambursky, "Ludwig Roberts Lebensgang. Die Briefe," 6-7. 12. See Ernst Altendorff, "Ludwig Robert. D. , University of Leipzig, 1923), 44. 13. Ludwig Robert, Gedichte, vol. 1 (Mannheim: 1838), 70-74. 14. Rahel Levin to Rebecca Friedlandcr, 27 Sept. 1810, Briefe an eine Freundin: Rahel Varnhagen an Rebecca Friedlander, ed. Deborah Hertz (Cologne: 1988), 271. See also my forthcoming essay on Rahel Levin and Rebecca Friedlander, "Bodies in Pain: Reflections on the Jewish Salon," in The German-Jewish Dialogue: A Non-Event?
44 Steiner's messianic humanism locates his seer-like protagonist in history so as to show the ubiquitous sense of failure and expediency that surrounds his need to find a "home" in perfection. History, in this sense, struggles to be reconceived in Steiner's textual homeland. In contrast to the way in which ideals Englishness and Extraterritoriality 33 of textuality are treated in his essays, they founder, in his fiction, on the realities of history. Dan Jacobson and Gabriel Josipovici can also be said to evoke extraterritorial fictions in which to rethink our received notions of the past.