The Jew in the Literature of...

The Jew in the Literature of England sums up a history of the Jew as he was reflected in the literature of a civilization. Modder's sense of incident and detail, his command of a whole literature, his capacity to develop the social history that underpins literature make his study both absorbing and illuminating.

evident in much of the material he has surveyed, originate in experience or in literary convention? Does art imitate nature, or does nature, as Oscar Wilde hinted, imitate art? Confronted by the practical problem of the Jew in a hostile world, we discover to our amazement that what we thought were idle questions of aesthetic paradox have become prac-tical problems influencing the conduct of men. It has been remarked that the villain in English ( and American) literature is seldom or never a blond. Custom-arily he has the dark complexion, the exotic moustache, the cruel smile, and the dapper manner which the Anglo- Sax-ons have conventionally associated with the Latin, or at any rate the Mediterranean, peoples. Blond villains do oc-cur, as in the memorable case of Uriah Heap or the horrid red- head whom Mr. Hugh Walpole invented not long ago, but perhaps the very creepiness of these fictions is due to the fact that we are trained to regard blond villainy as al-most impossible, so that, when it appears, it seems the more sinister. Our normal villains are swarthy, foreign-looking men. Does the expectancy that a villainous character shall be dark reflect a Northern terror of the South? Is it simply a literary convention established so long ago that the memo-ry of man runneth not to the contrary? Shall we suppose that the Italians who lurk in the novels of Mrs. Radcliffe are wholly false, and that the Italians who live in the nov-els of F. Marion Crawford are not artificial? If the picture of the Jew or of the Italian or of the Spaniard which one gets in English literature is no truer to fact than the picture of the American that one gets in English literature, what happens to the supposed usefulness of literature in break-ing down the barriers of race and nation? Shall we refuse x INTRODUCTION   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle pageDedication PageCopyright PagePrefaceContentsIntroduction by Howard Mumford JonesI. The Jew in Medieval EnglandII. The Tudor RenaissanceIII. The Return of the Jew to EnglandIV. The Eighteenth CenturyV. The Dawn of a New Era: 1800–1833VI. The Romantic RevivalVII. The Regency Novelists and Sir Walter ScottVIII. Among the Early VictoriansIX. The Disraelian EraX. Charles Dickens and the Realistic SchoolXI. The Victorian CompromiseXII. The End of an EraXIII. “The Old Order changeth . . .”XIV. ConclusionNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYGLOSSARYINDEX
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