Writing Jewish History between Gutzkow and Goethe: Auerbach's Spinoza and the Birth of Modern Jewish Historical Fiction

Skolnik, Jonathan
May 1999
Prooftexts;May99, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p101
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses the German-Jewish writer Berthold Auerbach's book "Spinoza," which attempts to liberate Jewish history from the theological paradigm through the dissolution of an anti-Jewish literary topos inherited from Christian legend. Subjects addressed include analysis of the dynamic of secularization within Jewish history and illustration of the dilemma of a secular Jewish literature in German in the 1930s.


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