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Modernist form and the myth of Jewification

Author: Neil Jonathan Levi
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Why were modernist works of art, literature, and music that were neither by nor about Jews nevertheless interpreted as Jewish? In this book, Neil Levi explores how the antisemitic fantasy of a mobile, dangerous, contagious Jewish spirit unfolds in the antimodernist polemics of Richard Wagner, Max Nordau, Wyndham Lewis, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine, reaching its apotheosis in the notorious 1937 Nazi exhibition
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Jonathan Levi
ISBN: 9780823255061 0823255069
OCLC Number: 843955747
Description: x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Phobic reading, modernist form, and the figure of the antisemite --
Genealogies : Judaization, Wagner, Nordau --
Jews, art, and history : the Nazi exhibition of "degenerate art" as historicopolitical spectacle --
Fanatical abstraction : Wyndham Lewis's critique of modernist form as Judaization in Time and Western man --
Straw men : projection, personification, and narrative form in Ulysses --
Images of the bilderverbot : Adorno, antisemitism, and the enemies of modernism --
The labor of late modernist poetics : Beckett after Céline.
Responsibility: Neil Levi.

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This book argues that the antisemitic interpretation of modernist form as a symptom of a mobile, contagious Jewish spirit needs to be treated as integral to the history of European modernism. The  Read more...

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Neil Levi's brilliant reading of the relationship between Jewishness and modernism recodes the politics of modernism in a highly original and revealing way in a transnational field. From Wagner and Read more...

 
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