Antisemitism and Philosemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries: Representing Jews, Jewishness, and Modern Culture

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Phyllis Lassner, Lara Trubowitz
Associated University Presse, 2008 - History - 248 pages
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This book of essays provides a significant reappraisal of discussions of antisemitism and philosemitism. An outstanding group of contributors from political theory, film, English, gender studies, and history demonstrates that analysis off philosemitic attitudes is as crucial to the history of representations of Jews and Jewish culture as are investigations of antisemitism. Topics include F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Hannah Arendt's politics, self-help guides such as Boy Vey! The Shiksa's Guide to Dating Jewish Men, and contemporary cinema. This pathbreaking book shows the necessity of studying philosemitism as a critical manifestation of antisemitism and as a principle way that Jews have been and still are set apart from non-Jews. These essays will enable us to rethink historical debates surrounding the 'Jewish question." Phyllis Lassner teaches Holocaust Studies, Gender Studies, and Writing at Northwestern University. Lara Trubowitz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Rethinking Philosemitism and Antisemitism Theoretical Perspectives in the Twentieth and Twentyfirst Centuries
21
The Frankfurt Schools AntiAntisemitism
23
Racial Ambivalence in JeanPaul Sartres Réflexions sur la question juive
47
The Jewish Roots of Hannah Arendts Cosmopolitanism
63
Cultural Values in Green and Racial Antisemitism
81
Reimagining Philosemitism and Antisemitism Cultural Artifacts in the Twentieth and Twentyfirst Centuries
101
The Close Doubling of Antisemitism and Philosemitism in Sandra Goldbachers The Governess
103
Antisemitism and Philosemitism at the Turns of Two Centuries
119
Fictions of Jewishness in the 1920s
138
Left Behind in the American Heartland
154
A Case Study
175
Gender Intermarriage and Metaphor
196
Marjorie Agosin and Urban Diasporic Possibility
217
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Phyllis Lassner is Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University in Illinois.

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