The Imaginary Jew

In The Imaginary Jew, Alain Finkielkraut describes with passion and acuity his own passage through that storm.

Author: Alain Finkielkraut

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803268951

Category: History

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The Holocaust changed what it means to be a Jew, for Jew and non-Jew alike. Much of the discussion about this new meaning is a storm of contradictions. In The Imaginary Jew, Alain Finkielkraut describes with passion and acuity his own passage through that storm. Finkielkraut decodes the shifts in anti-Semitism at the end of the Cold War, chronicles the impact of Israel’s policies on European Jews, opposes arguments both for and against cultural assimilation, reopens questions about Marx and Judaism, and marks the loss of European Jewish culture through catastrophe, ignorance, and cliché. He notes that those who identified with Israel continued the erasure of European Judaism, forgetting the pangs and glories of Yiddish culture and the legacy of the Diaspora.

The Jews in the Romanian History

THE IMAGE OF THE JEW IN ROMANIAN TRADITIONAL CULTURE From deicide
to infanticide ANDREI OIŞTEANU 1 ) The “ imaginaryJew versus the “ real ”
Jew I have been studying lately a special case of ethnical imagology , in other ...

Author: Ion Stanciu

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Category: Jews

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The Arena

In a dramatic way Celsus then introduces an imaginary disputation between
Jesus and a Jew . The Jew accuses him of having derived his birth from a virgin ,
and upbraids him with being born in a certain Jewish village of a poor woman of
the ...

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Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul

sources , simply stated the " fact " that " Jews are especially prone to nervousness
. " 6 Kraepelin , the dean of fin de siècle German ... The visualization of the
imaginary Jew needed to be made concrete . The French turn - of - the - century
anti ...

Author: Sander L. Gilman

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Category: Medical

Page: 179

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Explores the historical relationship of physical beauty to happiness, looking at the connection through a study of the practice and popularity of aesthetic surgery.

Passing Fancies in Jewish American Literature and Culture

The Imaginary Jew.” Review of The Ministry of Special Cases, by Nathan
Englander. The Nation, May 28, 2007, 44–48. http://www.thenation.com /article/
imaginary-jew?page=0,2. Dinnerstein, Leonard. Antisemitism in America. New
York: ...

Author: Judith Ruderman

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253036992

Category: Literary Criticism

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In Passing Fancies Judith Ruderman takes on the fraught question of who passes for Jewish in American literature and culture. In today’s contemporary political climate, religious and racial identities are being reconceived as responses to culture and environment, rather than essential qualities. Many Jews continue to hold conflicting ideas about their identity—seeking, on the one hand, deep engagement with Jewish history and the experiences of the Jewish people, while holding steadfastly, on the other hand, to the understanding that identity is fluid and multivalent. Looking at a carefully chosen set of texts from American literature, Ruderman elaborates on the strategies Jews have used to "pass" from the late 19th century to the present—nose jobs, renaming, clothing changes, religious and racial reclassification, and even playing baseball. While traversing racial and religious identities has always been a feature of America’s nation of immigrants, Ruderman shows how the complexities of identity formation and deformation are critically relevant during this important cultural moment.

The Authorship of Shakespeare

And , on the whole , we have a strong conviction that the imaginary Jew of the
Middle Ages ( as the mythical type of him had become fixed in the popular mind
of that age ) , not merely as Jew , but as another name for the unconscionable ...

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John Berryman

It is my impression that Mr . Berryman first practised this procedure in an early
story called “ The Imaginary Jew ” ( 1945 ) . The Gentile hero , by a great reach of
sympathy , becomes an imaginary Jew , fights the Jew ' s battles , accepts insult .

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

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Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 182

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A collection of critical essays on the American author and his works arranged in chronological order of publication.

The Rise and Fall of Jewish American Literature

Kirsch seems to have published essentially the same essay in the New Republic
a week or so later, under the title “The Imaginary Jew” (https://newrepublic.com/
article/104621/the-imaginary-jew). If one cares to, one can see my remark about
 ...

Author: Benjamin Schreier

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812252578

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Benjamin Schreier argues that Jewish American literature's dominant cliché of "breakthrough"—that is, the irruption into the heart of the American cultural scene during the 1950s of Jewish American writers like Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and Grace Paley—must also be seen as the critically originary moment of Jewish American literary study. According to Schreier, this is the primal scene of the Jewish American literary field, the point that the field cannot avoid repeating and replaying in instantiating itself as the more or less formalized academic study of Jewish American literature. More than sixty years later, the field's legibility, the very condition of its possibility, remains overwhelmingly grounded in a reliance on this single ethnological narrative. In a polemic against what he sees as the unexamined foundations and stagnant state of the field, Schreier interrogates a series of professionally powerful assumptions about Jewish American literary history—how they came into being and how they hardened into cliché. He offers a critical genealogy of breakthrough and other narratives through which Jewish Studies has asserted its compelling self-evidence, not simply under the banner of the historical realities Jewish Studies claims to represent but more fundamentally for the intellectual and institutional structures through which it produces these representations. He shows how a historicist scholarly narrative quickly consolidated and became hegemonic, in part because of its double articulation of a particular American subject and of a transnational historiography that categorically identified that subject as Jewish. The ethnological grounding of the Jewish American literary field is no longer tenable, Schreier asserts, in an argument with broad implications for the reconceptualization of Jewish and other identity-based ethnic studies.

Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust

hate — i . e . , the imaginary Jew of their minds — but once acted upon , the figure
is reified , and real blood flows : In the days following , as my resentment died , I
saw that I had not been a victim altogether unjustly . My persecutors were right ...

Author: James Edward Young

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Category: History

Page: 243

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". . . a fresh critical model for students of Holocaust literature and historiography" B'nai B'rith Messenger

Shofar

47 What is an authentic response to one ' s situation as a Jew when the Other
ceases to pay much attention to whether ... imagination is what leads Finkielkraut
to label many of the Jews of his generation “ imaginary Jews , ” and to condemn ...

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Studies in short fiction

... through grief or darkness to consolation and renewal ” ( 20 ) , a movement
enacted and completed in “ The Imaginary Jew . ... Having come to the Northeast
from an area of the South seemingly without Jews , the narrator confesses to a ...

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Punch Or The London Charivari

FHAIR RESTORE The Percentor bowed assent and played an imaginary Jews '
harp energetically with both hands . KOMOKRYPTOLONE Now , continued the
Attorney - General , putting his finger to his nose , “ I'll give you the straight tip .

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Imagining the Jew in Anglo Saxon Literature and Culture

The thirteen essays in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture examine visual and textual representations of Jews before 1066.

Author: Samantha Zacher

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442646675

Category: History

Page: 355

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The thirteen essays in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture examine visual and textual representations of Jews before 1066.

Poets

His second story , “ The Imaginary Jew , " also appeared in Kenyon Review (
Autumn 1945 ) and won first prize in the Kenyon Review - Doubleday Doran story
contest . Although superior to " The Lovers , " it is a cross between a fairly good ...

Author: Ian Scott-Kilvert

Publisher: Gale Cengage

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Category: American poetry

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The Imaginary Synagogue Anti Jewish Literature in the Portuguese Early Modern World 16th 18th Centuries

The Imaginary Synagogue studies the social and political importance as well as the evolution of the vast anti-Jewish Portuguese Early Modern literary production.

Author: Bruno Feitler

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004301607

Category: History

Page: 216

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The Imaginary Synagogue studies the social and political importance as well as the evolution of the vast anti-Jewish Portuguese Early Modern literary production.

Dream Song

Heavier and heavier appeared to me to press upon us in the fading night our
general guilt , ” he wrote at the close of “ The Imaginary Jew . " Unhappy as he
may have been with these words , he had managed to evoke something of the
tragedy ...

Author: Paul L. Mariani

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 519

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"The best single volume on Berryman's life and work". -- Kirkus Reviews

John Berryman

"The Imaginary Jew" involves a young man who is wrongly accused of being a
Jew, and hotly denies it, only to realize that his denial has made a victim of him:
In the days following, as my resentment died, I saw that I had not been a victim ...

Author: Richard J. Kelly

Publisher: Scarecrow Pr

ISBN: 9780810805521

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 105

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Jews and Intermarriage

173 The imaginary Jew . Fiedler observes that just as the white American passes
his childhood as an imaginary Indian , and his adolescence as an imaginary
Negro , 174 in the last couple of decades it has become increasingly probable
that ...

Author: Louis Arthur Berman

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Category: Interfaith marriage

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National Union Catalog

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Includes entries for maps and atlases.

Jewry Between Tradition and Secularism

The imaginary Jew is the nearly perfect antithesis to the Israelite25 who is a Jew
in the inside , in conscience , and in his community , yet unrecognizable as such
on the outside ( before the ' scientific anti - Semites flushed him out ) . 26 And ...

Author: Eliezer Ben Rafael

Publisher: Jewish Identities in a Changin

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Are Jews today still the carriers of a single, distinctive collective identity and do they still constitute a single people? This is the leading question of this comparison between European and Israeli jewries.