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Inciting Laughter : The Development of

Inciting Laughter : The Development of "Jewish Humor" in 19th Century German Culture

The Development of "Jewish Humor" in 19th Century German Culture

Hardcover Published: 1999
ISBN: 9783110162998
Number Of Pages: 338
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This volume analyzes the conflation of "Jewishness" and satiric humour arising in conjunction with the authors M.G. Saphir, Ludwig Borne and Heinrich Heine, whose wit inspired considerable public controversy in the period 1820-1850. It also traces the influence of the idea of Judenwitzon later conceptions of German literary and cultural history. Chase's inter-disciplinary approach, which combines detailed historical research, humour theory and textual interpretation, describes Judenwitz as both a negative stereotype and a positive authorial strategy. The result is the story of a discourse that offered Jewish writers an entry into the German mainstream at the same time as it programmed an antisemitic response. With its unique focus and methodology, "Inciting Laughter" offers new perspectives on questions of majority and minority identity in German culture.

Vicious Circles: Judenwitz as Stereotype and Strategyp. 1
Humor as crux of majority/minority identityp. 5
Judenwitz as Sign of German Particularityp. 11
Conclusionp. 17
The Pamphlet War: Moritz Gottlieb Saphir in Berlin 1826-30p. 20
Saphir's arrival and the beginning of the conflictp. 23
Humor as battlegroundp. 37
The legacy of the pamphlet warp. 61
The Handle and The Blade: Ludwig Borne's Serious Humorp. 64
Borne's attitudes toward Jewishness and humorp. 69
Borne as arts criticp. 81
Affinities between Borne and Menzelp. 91
Borne's "direct" political writingsp. 99
The anti-Judenwitz backlashp. 104
Menzel as Borne apologistp. 114
Borne's responsep. 117
The Borne-Menzel estrangementp. 123
Borne's final shiftp. 133
Borne's individual receptionp. 136
"Who Gets the Job Now?" Heinrich Heine and the J. G. Cotta Publishing Housep. 139
Heine's early contact with Cottap. 144
Judenwitz and literary talentp. 149
The Baths of Luccap. 157
The backlash against The Baths of Lucca and its influence on Cottap. 173
Atta Trollp. 180
Cotta's neglect and Heine's individual receptionp. 189
Reading for the Plot: Judenwitz in and as Literary Historyp. 193
The core myth of German literary historyp. 195
The adaptation of the myth over timep. 207
Continuity and caesurap. 222
Conclusionp. 224
Translationsp. 229
Introductionp. 231
Moritz Gottlieb Saphir
From: The Killed-Off Yet Still Alive and Kicking M. G. Saphir, or: Thirteen Dramatic Poets and a Magician Against One Lone Editorp. 232
From: Come Here! or: Dear Public, Look and Trust Whom You Pleasep. 235
On Witzp. 238
"On Borne"p. 241
Ludwig Borne
The Jews in Frankfurt am Mainp. 244
Theater Reviewsp. 247
From: Monograph of the German Post Snail: A Contribution to the Natural History of Mollusks and Testaceansp. 253
From: Letters from Parisp. 259
From: Menzel, the Frenchmen's Scourgep. 262
Heinrich Heine
The Baths of Luccap. 266
Primary Sourcesp. 313
Secondary Sourcesp. 317
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9783110162998
ISBN-10: 3110162997
Series: European Cultures
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1999
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.49  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.66