Anti-Semitic Stereotypes: A Paradigm of Otherness in English Popular Culture, 1660-1830

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JHU Press, Mar 19, 1999 - History - 350 pages

In Anti-Semitic Stereotypes, Felsenstein focuses on English cultural attitudes toward Jews during what is known as the "longer" eighteenth century, from roughly 1660 through 1830. He describes the persistence through the period of certain negative biases that, in many cases, can be traced back at least to the late Middle Ages. Felsenstein finds evidence of these biases in a wide range of primary sources—chapbooks, ephemeral pamphlets, tracts, jest books, prints, folklore, proverbial expressions, and so on, as well as in the products of higher culture. With the advent of the nineteenth century, however, he sees a gradual development of more liberal attitudes in English society, "inchmeal evidence of the loosening hold upon the collective imagination of medieval beliefs concerning the Jews."

 

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Contents

Stereotypes
10
Jews and Devils
27
Evolving Stereotypes
40
Wandering Jew Vagabond Jews
58
Conversion
90
Ceremonies
123
Evry child hates Shylock
158
The Jew Bill
187
Toward Emancipation
215
Epilogue
245
Notes
261
Bibliography
319
Index
339
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About the author (1999)

Frank Felsenstein is the Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Ball State University. He was previously Reader in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Leeds.