Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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C o n t e n t s
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...6. The Labor of Late Modernist Poetics: Beckett after Céline 170...
A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s
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First thanks must go to my invaluable mentors, Franco Moretti and An-dreas Huyssen: this book would not have come into existence without them. For their crucial encouragement and support for this project in its earliest incarnation, I would also like to thank David J. Levin, Ursula Heise, Benjamin Buchloh, and Martin Puchner. David Damrosch, Colleen ...
I n t r o d u c t i o nPhobic Reading, Modernist Form,and the Figure of the Antisemite
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Dresden, 1850. Richard Wagner denounces what he calls the Verjüdung der modernen Kunst— the Jewifi cation or Judaization of modern art, in which “Hebraic art taste” has come to dominate all of German culture.Munich, 1919. Protesters disrupt the fi nal per for mance of Frank Wede-kind’s play Castle Wetterstein, decrying it as “Jewish garbage,” and beating ...
Part I: Modernist Form as Judaization
Genealogies: Judaization, Wagner, Nordau
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At the heart of the story of how modernist form comes to be regarded as Jewish is the myth of Judaization. Discussions of modernism and anti-semitism often acknowledge this myth in passing, but it is seldom the subject of extended refl ection. (Indeed, if there is another book on aes-thetic modernism and Judaization, I have not been able to fi nd it.) It ...
Jews, Art, and History: The Nazi Exhibition of “Degenerate Art”as Historicopo liti cal Spectacle
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There is no more notorious, iconic, and resonant example of the National Socialist campaign against modernist art than the roughly dozen pages in the 1928 book Kunst und Rasse (Art and Race) in which the Nazi architect and art educator Paul Schultze- Naumburg sets black- and- white reproductions of paintings by Modigliani, Picasso, Emil Nolde, Karl Schmitt- Rottluff, ...
Fanatical Abstraction: Wyndham Lewis’s Critique of ModernistForm as Judaization in Time and Western Man
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Perhaps the most sublime passage in the Jewish Law is the commandment: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, etc. The commandment alone can explain the enthusiasm that the Jewish people in its civilized era felt for their religion, when they compared themselves ...
Part II: Modernist Form and the AntisemiticImagination
Straw Men: Projection, Personifi cation,and Narrative Form in Ulysses
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In Part I of this book I explored the history of the interpretation of mod-ernism as Judaization: the essay and book that are seen as its origins, the exhibition that should be seen as its apotheosis, and the modernist magnum opus that treats cultural modernism as a programmatic contamination of Western culture in the interests of Jewish po liti cal domination....
Images of the Bilderverbot: Adorno, Antisemitism,and the Enemies of Modernism
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No one in the immediate postwar period or since has given more thought to how and why to continue the modernist project in the aftermath of the Shoah than the German phi los o pher, sociologist, musicologist, and literary critic Theodor W. Adorno. Adorno understands Nazism as fundamentally regressive. The brilliant Adorno scholar and translator Robert Hullot- Kentor ...
The Labor of Late Modernist Poetics:Beckett after Céline
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Theodor Adorno is the fi rst of many to maintain that Samuel Beckett pro-vides a paradigmatic literary response to the Nazi concentration camps because of what he does not directly say, represent, or name. Indeed, this idea has taken such a fi rm hold in Beckett criticism that commentators often have trouble interpreting those moments when Beckett does name, does ...
N o t e s
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...1. See Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews, vol. 1: The Years of Per-2. Gaceta de Tenerife (June 14, 1935), cited in C. B. Morris, This Loving Darkness: The Cinema and Spanish Writers, 1920– 1936 (New York: Oxford Uni-3. Humphrey McQueen, The Black Swan of Trespass: The Emergence of Mod-ernist Painting in Australia to 1944 (Sydney: Alternative Publishing Cooperative, ...
B i b l i o g r a p h y
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Ackerley, C. J., and S. E. Gontarski. The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett. Adorno, Theodor W. Negative Dialectics. Translated by E. B. Ashton. New ———. Negative Dialektik. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1973.———. Noten zur Literatur. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1974.———. Minima Moralia: Refl ections from Damaged Life. Translated by E. F. N. ...
I n d e x
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2013