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Reemerging Jewish Culture in Germany : Life and Literature Since 1989 - Sander L. Gilman

Reemerging Jewish Culture in Germany

Life and Literature Since 1989

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1994
ISBN: 9780814730621
Number Of Pages: 302

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How can there by a Jewish culture in today's Germany? Since the fall of the Wall, there has been a substantial increase in the visibility of Jews in German culture, not only an increase in the number of Jews living there, but, more importantly, an explosion of cultural activity. Jews are writing and making films about the central question of Jewish life after the Shoah.

Given the xenophobia that has marked Germany since reunification, the appearance of a new Jewish is both surprising and normalizing. Even more striking than the reappearance of Jewish culture in England after the expulsion and massacres of the Middle Ages, the presence of a new generation of Jewish writers in Germany is a sign of the complexity and tenacity of modern Jewish life in the Diaspora.

Edited by Sander L. Gilman and Karen Remmler and featuring works by many of the most noted specialists on the subject, including Susan Niemann, Y. Michael Bodemann, Marion Kaplan, Katharina Ochse, Robin Ostow, Rafael Seligmann, Jack Zipes, Jeffrey Peck, Kizer Walker, and Esther Dischereit, this volume explores the questions and doubts surrounding the revitalization of Jewish life in Germany. The writers cover such diverse topics as the social and institutional role that Jews now play, the role of religion in daily life, and gender and culture in post-Wall Jewish writing.

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Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The Contemporary German Fascination for Things Jewish: Toward a Jewish Minor Culturep. 15
A Reemergence of German Jewry?p. 46
Becoming Strangers: Jews in Germany's Five New Provincesp. 62
What Is "Religion" among Jews in Contemporary Germany?p. 77
"What Could Be More Fruitful, More Healing, More Purifying?" Representations of Jews in the German Media after 1989p. 113
The "Ins" and "Outs" of the New Germany: Jews, Foreigners, Asylum Seekersp. 130
The Persian Gulf War and the Germans' "Jewish Questions": Transformations on the Leftp. 148
What Keeps the Jews in Germany Quiet?p. 173
En-gendering Bodies of Memory: Tracing the Genealogy of Identity in the Work of Esther Dischereit, Barbara Honigmann, and Irene Dischep. 184
Male Sexuality and Contemporary Jewish Literature in German: The Damaged Body as the Image of the Damaged Soulp. 210
In Defense of Ambiguityp. 253
No Exit from This Jewryp. 266
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780814730621
ISBN-10: 0814730620
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 1st August 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.1  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52

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