Jews in Business and Their Representation in German Literature 1827-1934 (Britische und Irische Studien zur Deutschen Sprache und Literatur/British an

Jews in Business and Their Representation in German Literature 1827-1934 (Britische und Irische Studien zur Deutschen Sprache und Literatur/British an

By: John Ward (author)Paperback

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This book gives an account of the literary representation of Jews as businessmen from the early nineteenth century to the onset of the Third Reich. The historical context provides the background for an examination of the literary representation of Jewish businessmen and presents evidence for the perpetuation, transformation, and combination of stereotypes. The double bind of assimilation - that the Jews were vilified whether they succeeded or failed - is illustrated from literary treatments by the Romantic writer Wilhelm Hauff and the early twentieth-century writers Lion Feuchtwanger and Paul Kornfeld of the historical figure of 'Jud Suess Oppenheimer'. Gustav Freytag's use of the Jews as 'counter-ideals' in his notorious bestseller Soll und Haben (1855) and the onset of racial anti-Semitism in Wihelm von Polenz's Der Buettnerbauer (1895) are illustrative of how literary anti-Semitism hardened in the course of the nineteenth century. The book considers a number of literary texts, some well known, some less familiar, which are revealing of the way in which Jewish-Gentile relations were imagined in their time.

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About Author

The Author: John Ward graduated from University College Dublin in 1984 with a B.A. in German. Having spent many years in Italy, he returned to Ireland and to German studies in 1998 and was awarded a First Class Honours M.A. in German by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in 2001 and a Ph.D. in 2009. He has taught language and literature at NUI Maynooth and at the Martin-Luther-Universitat in Halle, Germany.

Contents

Contents: The 'Hoffaktor': A Necessary Evil?: The Jud Suss motif in the writings of Wilhelm Hauff, Lion Feuchtwanger and Paul Kornfeld - Citizens and Conmen: The image of the Jewish businessman in Soll und Haben - 'Heimatkunst' and 'Hauptstadt': The Portrayal of Urban and Rural Jewish Business People in the Literature of the Late Nineteenth Century - The Challenge of the 'Jewish Commercial Spirit' in the Early Writing of Heinrich Mann - Limited or impossible symbiosis? Responses to Anti-Semitism by Jewish and Non-Jewish Authors.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/05/2010
  • ISBN13: 9783034301268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 250
  • ID: 9783034301268
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 303430126X
  • edition: 1st New edition

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