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Reitter, Paul

Works: 12 works in 63 publications in 3 languages and 3,811 library holdings
Genres: Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Collector
Classifications: PT2621.R27, 838.91209
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paul Reitter
The anti-journalist : Karl Kraus and Jewish self-fashioning in fin-de-siècle Europe by Paul Reitter( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that provoked both admiration and outrage. Kraus's spectacularly hostile critiques often focused on his fellow Jewish journalists, which led to a reputation as the quintessential self-hating Jew. The Anti-Journalist overturns this view with unprecedented force and sophistication, showing precisely how Kraus's most controversial criticisms form the center of a radical and productive model of German-Jewish self-fashioning. Paul Reitter's study of Kraus's writings situates them in the context of fin-de-siècle German-Jewish intellectual society. He argues that rather than stemming from anti-Semitism, Kraus's attacks constituted a constructive critique of mainstream German-Jewish strategies for assimilation. Marshalling three of the most daring German-Jewish authors - Kafka, Scholem, and Benjamin - Reitter explains their admiration for Kraus's project and demonstrates his influence on their own notions of cultural authenticity. The Anti-Journalist is at once a new interpretation of a fascinating figure and a heady exploration of an important stage in the history of German-Jewish thinking about identity
On the origins of Jewish self-hatred by Paul Reitter( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Today, the term 'Jewish self-hatred' often denotes a treasonous brand of Jewish self-loathing, and is frequently used as a smear, such as when it is applied to politically moderate Jews who are critical of Israel. In On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred, Paul Reitter demonstrates that the concept of Jewish self-hatred once had decidedly positive connotations. He traces the genesis of the term to Anton Kuh, a Viennese-Jewish journalist who coined it in the aftermath of World War I, and shows how the German-Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing came, in 1930, to write a book that popularized 'Jewish self-hatred.' Reitter contends that, as Kuh and Lessing used it, the concept of Jewish self-hatred described a complex and possibly redemptive way of being Jewish. Paradoxically, Jews could show the world how to get past the blight of self-hatred only by embracing their own, singularly advanced self-critical tendencies--their 'Jewish self-hatred.'"--Publisher's Web site
Bambi's Jewish roots and other essays on German-Jewish culture by Paul Reitter( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Reitter's scholarship on German-Jewish culture has won acclaim in both specialized journals and forums like the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and the TLS, which named his study of Karl Kraus one of the best books of 2008. Writing for such publications as The Nation, Harper's Magazine, and the Jewish Review of Books, Reitter has also produced essays that address topics related to his expertise but written for a wider audience, earning a reputation for being a witty, erudite, and deeply illuminating critic in the popular intellectual arena. Bambi's Jewish Roots brings together the best of his essayistic work, which take on an array of figures and concerns, from the contradictions in Heinrich Heine's self-understanding to the echoes of Zionism in Felix Salten's novel Bambi"--
The Kraus project : essays : a bilingual edition by Karl Kraus( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franzen presents new translations and annotations of the work of early twentieth-century satirist Karl Kraus, who, via his self-published magazine Die Fackel, "attacked the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumer capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire"--Dust jacket flap
The Kraus project : essays by Karl Kraus( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening. A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and prophetic writers in Europe: a relentless critic of the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumerism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. But even though his followers included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained something of a lonely prophet, and few people today are familiar with his work. Thankfully, Jonathan Franzen is one of them. In this book, Franzen not only presents and annotates his definitive new translations of Kraus, with supplementary notes from the Kraus scholar Paul Reitter and the Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann. In Franzen Kraus has found his match: a novelist unafraid to voice unpopular opinions strongly, a critic capable of untangling Kraus's often dense arguments. Painstakingly wrought, strikingly original in form, this is a feast of thought, passion and literature
The rise of the research university : a sourcebook( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern research university is a global institution with a rich history that stretches into an ivy-laden past, but for as much as we think we know about that past, most of the writings that have recorded it are scattered across many archives and, in many cases, have yet to be translated into English. With this book, Paul Reitter, Chad Wellmon, and Louis Menand bring a wealth of these important texts together, assembling a fascinating collection of primary sources many translated into English for the first time that outline what would become the university as we know it. The editors focus on the development of American universities such as Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the Universities of Chicago, California, and Michigan. Looking to Germany, they translate a number of seminal sources that formulate the shape and purpose of the university and place them next to hard-to-find English-language texts that took the German university as their inspiration, one that they creatively adapted, often against stiff resistance. Enriching these texts with short but insightful essays that contextualize their importance, the editors offer an accessible portrait of the early research university, one that provides invaluable insights not only into the historical development of higher learning but also its role in modern society
Il progetto Kraus by Jonathan Franzen( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Italian and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections of German Jewry. Portraits and self-portraits by Paul Reitter( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

German Jewry'. Among other things - or rather, above all - the term evokes creativity and destruction. 'Reflections of German Jewry' is about both sides of that dichotomy, and also the links between them. It is about the German Jews - such as Heine, Freud, and Kafka - whose accomplishments have played such a significant role in shaping our modern sensibilities. And it is about the figures and forces - e.g., Hitler, Jew hatred, and racism - that effectively wiped out the Jewish presence in Germany. Reflections of German Jewry is also about how the pressures generated by anti-Semitism and the experience of exile helped at a terrible price to drive German Jewry to its intellectual successes. Finally, Reitter reflects on attempts to tell the stories of these makers and destroyers, and the cultural dynamics in which they were enmeshed. Indeed, in large part that, too, is the subject of these reflections - the act of writing about the life and the demise of German Jewry
Eine Geschichte des türkisch-deutschen Theaters und Kabaretts by Erol M Boran( )

1 edition published in 2009 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die vorliegende Arbeit hat das Ziel, eine Kulturgeschichte des türkischen Theaters und Kabaretts in der Bundesrepublik vorzustellen, deren Protagonisten (Organisatoren, Schriftsteller, Schauspieler und Regisseure) nunmehr bereits in die dritte Generation gehen, ohne dass die Geschichte der ersten Generation, der Initiatoren und bis heute treibenden Kraft dieses Theaters, je kohärent aufgezeichnet worden wäre. Darüber hinaus steht ein Generationswechsel an: das wird deutlich, sobald man sich in die 'Szene' begibt, in der es, wie meine Ausführungen zeigen werden, derzeit rumort, kreativ und destruktiv zugleich: Junge Künstler mit neuen Ideen drängen nach und fühlen sich nicht selten behindert von den 'Alten', die immer noch die Schalthebel besetzen und sich nicht davon abbringen lassen wollen, ihre Projekte nach altbewährten Methoden fortzuführen
Widerhall Die Dialektik der Aufklärung in Amerika( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Anti-education : on the future of our educational institutions by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In 1869, at the age of twenty-four, the precociously brilliant Friedrich Nietzsche was appointed to a professorship of classical philology at the University of Basel. He seemed marked for a successful and conventional academic career. Then the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner transformed his ambitions. The genius of such thinkers and makers—the kind of genius that had emerged in ancient Greece—this alone was the touchstone for true understanding. But how was education to serve genius, especially in a modern society marked more and more by an unholy alliance between academic specialization, mass-market journalism, and the militarized state? Something more than sturdy scholarship was called for. A new way of teaching and questioning, a new philosophy. What that new way might be was the question Nietzsche broached in five vivid, popular public lectures in Basel in 1872. Anti-Education presents a provocative and timely reckoning with what remains one of the central challenges of the modern world
Special issue: Three essays on Freud( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The anti-journalist : Karl Kraus and Jewish self-fashioning in fin-de-siècle Europe