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British Romanticism and the Jews

History, Culture, Literature

Editors: Spector, S. (Ed.)

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British Romanticism and the Jews explores the mutual influences exerted by the British-Christian and British-Jewish communities on each other during the period between the Enlightenment and Victorianism. The essays in the volume demonstrate how the texts produced by the Jewish Enlightenment provided a significant resource for romantic intellectual revisionism, in much the same way that British romanticism provided the cultural basis through which the British-Jewish community was able to negotiate between the competing obligations to ethnicity and nationalism.

About the authors

SHEILA A. SPECTOR has devoted her scholarly career to studying the intersection between British Literature and Judaica, since receiving the MA in Comparative Literature, and the PH.D. in British Literature, both from the University of Maryland. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Jewish Mysticism: An Annotated Bibliography of the Kabbalah in English (Garland, 1984), the only comprehensive, book-length bibliography of English-language materials dealing with Kabbalism. She served as consultant for the film William Blake, part of the film series, Pioneers of the Spirit, produced by Trinity Television in 1998, and she published a two- volume study of Blake as a Kabbalist: Glorious incomprehensible: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Language, and Wonders Divine: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Myth, both published by Bucknell University Press (2001).

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"Without exception, the contributors negotiate almost seamlessly between the fields of literature, history, cultural, and Jewish studies." - Frank Felsenstein, Ball State University, USA

"The complex relationship between British romanticism and Anglo-Jewry has never before been discussed so exhaustively and with such sophistication." - Bryan Cheyette, University of Southampton, UK


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Spector, Sheila A.

    Pages 1-16

  • Great Britain or Judea Nova? National Identity, Property, and the Jewish Naturalization Controversy of 1753

    Singer, Alan H.

    Pages 19-36

  • Abraham Goldsmid: Money Magician in the Popular Press

    Schoenfield, Mark L.

    Pages 37-60

  • Halakhic Romanticism: Wordsworth, the Rabbis, and Torah

    Davies, Lloyd

    Pages 61-77

  • “What are Those Golden Builders Doing?”: Mendelssohn, Blake, and the (Un)Building of Jerusalem

    Tannenbaum, Leslie

    Pages 79-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Romanticism and the Jews
Book Subtitle
History, Culture, Literature
Editors
  • S. Spector
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05574-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-05574-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-60251-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 294
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