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The Resource Orientalism and the figure of the Jew, Jeffrey S. Librett

Orientalism and the figure of the Jew, Jeffrey S. Librett

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Orientalism and the figure of the Jew
Title
Orientalism and the figure of the Jew
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey S. Librett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew proposes a new way of understanding modern Orientalism. Tracing a path of modern Orientalist thought in German across crucial writings from the late eighteenth to the mid<U+0127> �twentieth centuries, Librett argues that Orientalism and anti-Judaism are inextricably entangled. Librett suggests, further, that the Western assertion of "material" power, in terms of which Orientalism is often read, is overdetermined by a "spiritual" weakness: an anxiety about the absence of absolute foundations and values that coincides with Western modernity itself. The modern West, he shows, posits an Oriental origin as a fetish to fill the absent place of lacking foundations. This fetish is appropriated as Western through a quasi-secularized application of Christian typology. Further, the Western appropriation of the "good" Orient always leaves behind the remainder of the "bad, " inassimilable Orient. The book traces variations on this theme through historicist and idealist texts of the nineteenth century and then shows how high modernists like Buber, Kafka, Mann, and Freud place this historicist narrative in question. The book concludes with the outlines of a cultural historiography that would distance itself from the metaphysics of historicism, confronting instead its underlying anxieties.--
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contains biographical information
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Librett, Jeffrey S
Dewey number
303.482430509034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orientalism
  • Orientalism
  • Philosophy, German
  • Jews
  • Public opinion
  • Jews in literature
  • Orientalism in literature
  • East and West
  • Germany
Label
Orientalism and the figure of the Jew, Jeffrey S. Librett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17757976
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780823262922
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)874223738
Label
Orientalism and the figure of the Jew, Jeffrey S. Librett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17757976
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780823262922
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)874223738

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