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Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification
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Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification

Neil Levi

Abstract

From the mid-nineteenth century until the end of the Second World War, if not beyond, certain works of European modernist art, literature, and music that were neither by nor about Jews have nevertheless been interpreted as somehow Jewish, or, more precisely, Jewified. This book argues that these strange interpretations, although hostile toward and often deliberately incomprehending of their object, need to be treated as integral to the history of European modernism. To grasp why, it suggests we turn our attention away from the dominant scholarly preoccupation with abject Jewish bodies and towa ... More

Keywords: European modernism, Jews, modernity, Jewish spirit, Degenerate Art, modern antisemitic imagery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255061
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255061.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Levi, author
Drew University

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