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The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

Jay Geller


This work rummages among the responses to the unresolved question of whether and how Judentum (Judaism, Jewry, Jewishness) could be integrated into Germanophone societies between the Enlightenment and the Shoah. It examines how these modernizing societies, undergoing processes of identity formation, were confronted by the increasing difficulty to distinguish “German” from “Jew” and the persistence of the supposedly superseded Judentum, which threatened their own claims to autonomy and universality. To counter these threats popular and scientific discourses rendered difference visible by means ... More

Keywords: antisemitism, body, circumcision, gender, German, identification, Jew, Jewish Question, modernity, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233618
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Geller, author
Divinity School, Vanderbilt University