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.

INTRODUCTION I do not know whether to admire more the range and variety of Mr. Modder’s reading or the patience and objec-tivity of his study. Anyone who has had to pursue a single theme relentlessly through the centuries knows how weari-some his task becomes. One starts out as a runner in a race, but by and by one sinks to a jog- trot. Eventually it appears that there is no originality in the human race and none in the imaginative mind. The same stereotypes occur from age to age, the same characters are invented by author after author. One begins to feel that everything has been said already, and that error is the only eternal and recurrent truth. Weariness of this sort in literary study is an occupational disease. If Mr. Modder suffered a spell of intellectual grippe, he has not transferred its symptoms to these pages. The twentieth recurrence of the same caricature finds him gentle and eager in correcting falsehood. The fiftieth re-hearsal of man’s inhumanity to man leaves him hopeful, objective, and kind. The charity of his judgments and the breadth of his view are sufficient justification for literary study, which, by the unenlightened, is supposed to assume that all the good authors are dead authors. The amazing collection of cartoons which Mr. Modder has here hung in a single gallery for the edification of man-kind suggests certain interesting speculations about the conventional judgments upon literature as a mirror of par-ticular times and places. Does the hostility towards the Jew, ix   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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