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The Jewess in nineteenth-century British literary culture

Author: Nadia Valman
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 54.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Stories about Jewesses proliferated in nineteenth-century Britain as debates raged about the place of the Jews in the modern nation. Challenging the emphasis in previous scholarship on antisemitic stereotypes in this period, Nadia Valman argues that the literary image of the Jewess - virtuous, appealing and sacrificial - reveals how hostility towards Jews was accompanied by pity, identification and desire. Reading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nadia Valman
ISBN: 9780521863063 0521863066 0511277660 9780511277665 051127825X 9780511278259
OCLC Number: 74523275
Description: xiii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: the Jewess question; 2. Repellent beauty: the liberal nation and the Jewess; 3. Jewish persuasions: gender and the culture of conversion; 4. Women of Israel: femininity, politics and Anglo-Jewish fiction; 5. Hellenist heroines: commerce, art and the Jewess; 6. The shadow of the harem: fin de siecle racial romance; 7. Conclusion: neither wild thing nor tame; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 54.
Responsibility: Nadia Valman.
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