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Goethe in German-Jewish Culture : Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture - Klaus L. Berghahn

Goethe in German-Jewish Culture

Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture

By: Klaus L. Berghahn (Editor), Jost Hermand (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 2001
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The success of Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners(1997) and the heated debates that followed its publication exposed once again Germany's long tradition of anti-Semitism as a major cause of the Holocaust. Goldhagen, like many before him, drew a direct and irresistible line from Luther's pamphlets against the Jews to Hitler's attempted annihilation of European Jewry. This collection of new essays examines the thesis of a universal anti-Semitism in Germany by focussing on its greatest author, Goethe, and seeing to what extent some scholars are justified in accusing him of anti-Semitism. It places the reception of Goethe's works in a broader historical context: his relationship to Judaism and the Jews; the reception of his works by the Jewish elite in Germany, the reception of the 'Goethe cult' by Jewish scholars; and the Jewish contribution to Goethe scholarship. The last section of the volume treats the Jewish contribution to Goethe's fame and to Goethe philology since the 19th century, and the exodus of many Jewish authors and scholars after 1933, when they took their beloved Goethe into exile. When a few of them returned to Germany after 1945, it was to a country that had lost Goethe's most devoted audience, the German Jews.

KLAUS L. BERGHAHN and JOST HERMAND are professors of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This volume is an essential contribution to the question of the ... much-discussed "Jewish-German symbiosis." ETUDES GERMANIQUES

Preface
Goethe and the Jews
Patterns of Childhood: Goethe and the Jewsp. 3
Goethe and the Concept of Bildung in Jewish Emancipationp. 16
Goethe Cult and Criticism during the Nineteenth Century
Demarcations and Projections: Goethe in the Berlin Salonsp. 31
A View from Below: H. Heine's Relationship to Johann Wolfgang von Goethep. 44
Goethe Philology and Jewish Identity
Cultural History as Enlightenment: Remarks on Ludwig Geiger's Experiences of Judaism, Philology, and Goethep. 65
Waiting for Goethe: Goethe Biographies from Ludwig Geiger to Friedrich Gundolfp. 84
From the Pedestal to the Couch: Goethe, Freud, and Jewish Assimilationp. 104
Goethe in Exile and His Return
Upholding the Ideals of the "Other Germany": German-Jewish Goethe Scholars in U.S. Exilep. 123
"Humanitatssalbader": Goethe's Distaste for Jewish Emancipation, and Jewish Responsesp. 146
The Insufficient as Event: Goethe Lesson at the Frankfurt Schoolp. 165
List of Contributorsp. 181
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781571133236
ISBN-10: 1571133232
Series: Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.46