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Bestiarium Judaicum : unnatural histories of the Jews

Author: Jay Geller
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Given the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals - pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes disseminated for millennia to debase, dehumanize, and justify the persecution of Jews, "Bestiarium Judaicum" asks: What is at play when Jewish-identified writers tell animal stories? Focusing on the nonhuman-animal constructions of primarily Germanophone authors, including Sigmund Freud, Heinrich Heine, Franz  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Sigmund Freud; Heinrich Heine; Franz Kafka; Gertrud Kolmar
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Geller
ISBN: 9780823275595 0823275590
OCLC Number: 965617498
Description: ix, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. A Field Guide to the Bestiarium Judaicum --
1. "O beastly Jews": A Brief History of an (Un)Natural History --
2. Name that Varmint: From Gregor to Josephine --
3. (Con)Versions of Cats and Mice and Other Mouse Traps --
4. "If you could see her through my eyes . . .": Semitic Simiantics --
5. Italian Lizards and Literary Politics I: Carrying the Torch and Getting Singed --
6. Italian Lizards and Literary Politics II: Deer I Say It --
7. The Raw and the Cooked in the Old/New World, or Talk to the Animals --
8. Dogged by Destiny: "Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom quails sit non navit" --
Afterword. "It's clear as the light of day": The Shoah and the Human/Animal Great Divide
Responsibility: Jay Geller.


Through close textual analysis, detailed historical contextualization, and critical animal theory Bestiarium Judaicum examines how and to what ends German-Jewish writers (including Freud, Heine, and  Read more...


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Jay Geller's Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews is a remarkable monograph that has no parallel in scholarly literature. The author offers a sophisticated conceptual and historical Read more...

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