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Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew
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Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew

Jeffrey S. Librett

Abstract

Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew proposes a new way of understanding modern Orientalism. Retracing the path of modern Orientalist thought in German across crucial writings from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, the book argues that Orientalism and anti-Judaism are inextricably entangled. The book suggests, further, that the violent colonialist assertion of Western “material” power in the East is predicated in the modern period upon a “spiritual” weakness of the West: its panic or anxiety about an absence of absolute foundations and values entailed by modernity itself. Secularizat ... More

Keywords: Orientalism, Anti-Judaism, typology, figural interpretation, historicist, panic, anxiety, disavowal, modernity, foundations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823262915
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262915.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey S. Librett, author
University of Oregon

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