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The Ambivalent Author: Five German Writers and Their Jewish Characters, 1848-1914.

The Ambivalent Author: Five German Writers and Their Jewish Characters, 1848-1914, by Hannah Burdekin. Bern: Peter Lang, 2002. 338 pp. $49.95. ISBN 0-8204-5339-0.

This study addresses the problems raised by the ambivalent comments about or portrayals of the Jews to be found in the writings of Gustav Freytag, Wilhelm Raabe, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Theodor Fontane, and the early Thomas Mann. Why was it that these supposedly tolerant and liberal-minded men could use the language and images of antisemitism in their non-fiction and fiction? This book considers the question within the context of the unequal German-Jewish relationship in the period before, during, and after Jewish emancipation. (Texts in English and German)

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Title Annotation:Literary Criticism
Publication:Shofar
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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