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Philip Roth, antisemitism and the Holocaust
David Brauner

At a conference on ‘Jewish Identities and American Writing’, hosted by the Rothermere American Institute in 2001, Howard Jacobson gave a talk (which has never been published) in which he subjected the celebrated opening lines of Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March (1953) to a close reading that, he claimed, exposed its grammatical confusion and intellectual imprecision. He went on to juxtapose a sex scene from Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal (2001) with one from his own novel No More Mr Nice Guy , in order to demonstrate the alleged superiority of

in Howard Jacobson
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Sue Vice

Anglo-Jewish plays 8 The Evacuees (1975) and Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976) In the Timeshift documentary Jack Rosenthal, broadcast on BBC1, 30 September 2004, four months after Rosenthal’s death, Jonathan Lynn argued that Rosenthal’s personal identifications were threefold: northern, working-class and Jewish. In this chapter I will explore the third of these elements. There are Jewish incidents and characters in many of Rosenthal’s television plays. These sometimes exist at the level of small details – a removal man bringing Miss Shepherd her long-awaited desk in Well

in Jack Rosenthal
Integration and separation
Aaron Kent

In the nineteenth century, the city of Leeds stood out as a beacon to many who sought refuge from oppression and an opportunity to thrive. Conveniently located in the north of England, Leeds was well equipped in the late-Victorian era to act as shelter and catalyst for expanding Jewish and Gentile communities alike. A growing city in terms of population, industry and infrastructure, Leeds naturally benefited as political, economic and religious migrants looked westward. The story of Leeds was one of economic, cultural and religious

in Leeds and its Jewish Community
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Jewish masters and Christian servants
Katherine Aron-Beller

3 The Jewish household: Jewish masters and Christian servants There are more Inquisitorial processi against Jews for hiring Christian servants than for any other breach of ecclesiastical regulations. It was an offence that alarmed Inquisitors, implying intimate contact between a Jewish master and a subordinate Christian behind closed doors, in the private space of a Jewish household, and as such representing an unknown level of promiscuity. When Christian servants entered Jewish households they became exposed to the Jewish family’s daily routine and the real

in Jews on trial
Bryce Lease

5 Rethinking Polish/Jewish relations Memorializing the Holocaust was considered a critical factor in assuming a new, globalized and Western-focused identity for Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries joining the European Union in 2004. There existed very little in way of memorials in most CEE countries, and in Poland there has been a tense hierarchy of victims of the twentieth century, at which Polish victims of communism or Stalinism were often seen as the pinnacle. Notions of tolerance in the West are consubstantiate with studies of and memorials to the

in After ’89
Young Zionist refugees in Manchester
Bill Williams

14 ‘Outposts of Jewish Palestine’: young Zionist refugees in Manchester In 1933 the Zionist movement in Manchester was already fifty years old. The first Manchester Jewish organisation to promote the colonisation of what was then Ottoman Palestine was founded in 1884, the first body seeking the creation of a Jewish state in 1896, the year of publication of Theodore Herzl’s Judenstaat. In the following year, at least four delegates from Manchester attended the first Zionist Congress in Basle. Since the 1890s Isaiah Wassilevsky, whose cheder in Cheetham was

in ‘Jews and other foreigners’
A typology
Benjamin J. Elton

Chapter 3 Jewish religious responses to modernity: a typology HIS BOOK ARGUES that the Chief Rabbis’ response to modernity should be viewed in the context of Jewish religious responses that emerged following the Enlightenment and Emancipation, some of which I have already mentioned. I will sketch out a possible typology of those responses, so that we can place the Chief Rabbis in that context. This typology does not presume to be a final scheme, nor does it seek to deny the massive variety of responses, many of which it does not include explicitly. It merely

in Britain’s Chief Rabbis and the religious character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880–1970
Royce Mahawatte

Theodora … As for the Jewish element in Deronda , I think it a very fine idea; it’s a noble subject. Wilkie Collins and Mrs Braddon would not have thought of it, but that does not condemn it. It shows a large conception of what one may do in a novel

in Queering the Gothic
Simha Goldin

In the Middle Ages the status of women in the Jewish community underwent a real and fundamental change. 1 The sources reflected this change in the economic milieu in which women functioned, and as I have shown in every chapter of this book, this transformation spilled over into other areas of daily life, a fact which the male halakhic leadership also acknowledged and internalized. At the beginning

in Jewish women in europe in the middle ages
Robert Fine
Philip Spencer

2 Marx's defence of Jewish emancipation and critique of the Jewish question The Jew … must cease to be a Jew if he will not allow himself to be hindered by his law from fulfilling his duties to the State and his fellow-citizens. (Bruno Bauer, Die Judenfrage ) 1 The Jews (like the Christians) are fully politically emancipated in various states. Both Jews and Christians are far from being

in Antisemitism and the left