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Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society : Racial Representations, 1875-1945 - Bryan Cheyette

Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society

Racial Representations, 1875-1945

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Published: 25th December 1995
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Literary critics and cultural historians have for too long written the question of race out of mainstream accounts of English literature. In Constructions of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society Bryan Cheyette combines cultural theory, discourse analysis and new historicism with close readings of works by Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling, Shaw and Wells, Belloc and Chesterton, T. S. Eliot and Joyce to argue that the Jew lies at the heart of modern English literature and society: not as a stereotype, but as the embodiment of confusion and indeterminacy.

'At the heart of Constructions of 'the Jew' is the admirable attempt to locate concerns of 'race' not at the margins of English literature, but at its very centre ... Cheyette brings together issues connected with 'race', culture, history and writing in a fascinating way ... This is analysis at the cutting edge of the interface between literature and politics.' Max Silverman, New Statesman & Society 'To read this book is to be reminded that even the stalest dust can still be noxious.' Frederic Raphael, Spectator 'A new, ground-breaking study ... a new way of reading the image of 'the Jew' in British high culture as well as Jewish high culture in Britain, and the author and Cambridge University Press are both to be commended for it.' Sander L. Gilman, Jewish Quarterly. 'Cheyette gives a scrupulous account of the much-discussed anti-Semitic representations in Eliot's poetry.' Patrick Parrinder, London Review of Books 'Rather than poetic licence, Cheyette relies on impressive scholarship to see well beyond the usual stereotypes of the anti-Semitic writer.' Clive Sinclair, Jewish Chronicle

Introduction: semitism and the cultural realm
The promised land of liberalism: Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope and George Eliot
Empire and anarchy
The 'socialism of fools'
The limits of liberalism
Modernism and ambivalence
Conclusion: semitism and the crisis of representation
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521558778
ISBN-10: 0521558778
Series: Racial Representations, 1875-1945
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25th December 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.48