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.

PREFACE The object of this introductory study is to tell the story of the Jew as a character in the literature of England, and to make available to the general reader a selection of the considerable amount of material not easily accessible in the average library. The scope of previous books on the same subject has been extended by attaching due significance to the economic conditions which signally affected the social status of the Jews in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and by paying attention to the diffu-sion of liberal principles in government, leading to the re-moval of political disabilities in 1832, and to the “ emanci-pation” bill of 1858. It will be seen, as the story unfolds itself, that invariably the poet, the novelist, and the drama-tist reflect the attitude of contemporary society in their presentation of the Jewish character, and that the por-trayal changes with the economic and social changes of each decade. As a chapter in Jewish history this book inspires opti-mism. One must note the relation which it establishes be-tween social prejudice and social change, between dimi-nishing ignorance and diminishing hostility, between the growth of humanitarianism and the growth of human free-dom. Anti- Jewish feeling is here proved to be a symptom of existing social ills. Georg Brandes described anti- Semitism as a mixture of  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: 18001833VI. 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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