Download PDF by David A. Brenner: German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust: Kafka's

By David A. Brenner

ISBN-10: 0415463238

ISBN-13: 9780415463232

ISBN-10: 1138780081

ISBN-13: 9781138780088

David A. Brenner examines how Jews in imperative Europe built one of many first "ethnic" or "minority" cultures in modernity. now not solely "German" or "Jewish," the reports of German-speaking Jewry within the a long time ahead of the 3rd Reich and the Holocaust have been additionally negotiated in encounters with pop culture, quite the unconventional, the drama and mass media.

Despite contemporary scholarship, the misperception persists that Jewish Germans have been bent on assimilation. even if topic to compulsion, they didn't develop into exclusively "German," less "European." but their habit and values have been under no circumstances solely "Jewish," because the Nazis or different anti-Semites might have it. relatively, the German Jews accomplished a unusual synthesis among 1890 and 1933, constructing a tradition that used to be not just "middle-class" but additionally "ethnic." particularly, they reinvented Judaic traditions in terms of a hybridized tradition.

Based on learn in German, Israeli and American files, German-Jewish pop culture sooner than the Holocaust addresses a number of the genres during which a in particular German-Jewish id used to be played, from the Yiddish theatre and Zionist humour the entire solution to sensationalist memoirs and Kafka’s personal kitsch. This middle-class ethnic id encompassed and went past non secular confession and id politics. In focusing mostly on German-Jewish pop culture, this groundbreaking publication introduces the beginnings of "ethnicity" as we all know it and stay it today.

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