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Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews

Jay Geller


Given the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals (pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes, etc.) disseminated for millennia to debase and bestialize Jews (the Bestiarium Judaicum), this work asks: What is at play when Jewish-identified writers employ such figures in their narratives and poems? Bringing together Jewish cultural studies (examining how Jews have negotiated Jew-Gentile difference) and critical animal studies (analyzing the functions served by asserting human-animal difference), this monograph focuses on the writings of primarily Germanophone authors, including Si ... More

Keywords: antisemitism-response, cultural-studies, discourse-analysis, German-Jewish-writers, human-animal-difference, identification, Jewish question, modernity, question of the animal, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275595
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Geller, author
Vanderbilt Divinity School