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Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification$
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Neil Levi

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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Introduction

Introduction

Phobic Reading, Modernist Form, and the Figure of the Antisemite

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Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification
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Neil Levi

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255061.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to show that what is referred to as the anti-Semitic interpretation of modernist form should be regarded as integral to the history of European modernism. It examines the ways in which the anti-Semitic fantasy of a mobile, dangerous, pervasive, contagious Jewish spirit—the myth of Jewification or Judaization—shaped both the interpretation and creation of modernist form. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   European modernism, modernist form, anti-Semitism, Jews, Jewification

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