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Title 'The Jew' in late-Victorian and Edwardian culture : between the East End and East Africa / edited by Eitan Bar-Yosef and Nadia Valman
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


Description 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages)
Series Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Contents Introduction: Between the East End and East Africa: Rethinking Images of 'the Jew' in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Culture / E. Bar-Yosef & N. Valman -- Jews and Jewels: A Symbolic Economy on the South African Diamond Fields / A. Munich -- Little Jew Boys Made Good: Immigration, the South African War, and Anglo-Jewish Fiction / N. Valman -- Acting Like an Alien: 'Civil' Antisemitism, the Rhetoricized Jew, and Early Twentieth-Century British Immigration Law / L. Trubowitz -- Commerce, State, and Anti-Alienism: Balancing Britain's Interests in the Late-Victorian Period / N. Evans -- The Ghosts of Kishinev in the East End: Responses to a Pogrom in the Jewish London of 1903 / B. Gidley -- Jews, Englishmen, and Folklorists: The Scholarship of Joseph Jacobs and Moses Gaster / S. Rabinovitch -- Imperial Zion: Israel Zangwill and the English Origins of Territorialism / D. Glover -- Zionism, Territorialism, Race, and Nation in the Thought and Politics of Israel Zangwill / M. Rochelson -- 'By Whom Shall She Arise? For She Is Small': The Wales-Israel Tradition in the Edwardian Period / J. Donahaye -- Spying Out the Land: The Zionist Expedition to East Africa, 1905 / E. Bar-Yosef -- Herzl, the Scramble, and a Meeting that Never Happened: Revisiting the Notion of an African Zion / M. Levene
Summary 'The Jew', widely recognized in recent scholarship as a potent symbol of debates about modernity, became a particularly charged figure during the late-Victorian and Edwardian years, a period that witnessed the mass migration of East European Jews to Britain, the South African War (1899-1902), the proposal to establish a Jewish colony in East Africa (1903), and the introduction of the Aliens Act (1905). In these turbulent years, 'the Jew' was imagined as both black and white, infinitely wealthy and yet abjectly poor, refusing to assimilate and yet assuming a 'false' English identity, ideal colonizer and undesirable immigrant, 'alien' and yet almost overly familiar. While recent attempts to account for these contradictions have all but ignored the crucial reference point of the Empire, this innovative and interdisciplinary volume considers the projection of the figure of 'the Jew' onto a vast geographical grid - not only the East/West divide within the British metropolitan centre, but also the much wider colonial context, shifting between Britain, Africa, and Palestine. Exploring links between Zionist culture and the British imperial experience, essays in this collection suggest how the methods of postcolonial criticism may be applied both to modern Jewish perceptions of territory and nation and to the image of 'the Jew' in the British political imagination
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-233) and index
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Subject Jews -- England -- History -- 19th century
Jews -- England -- History -- 20th century
Jews -- South Africa -- History -- 19th century
Jews -- South Africa -- History -- 20th century
Jewish literature -- Great Britain -- History and criticism
Zionism -- Great Britain -- History
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Ethnic relations.
Jewish literature.
Judar -- historia -- Storbritannien -- 1800-talet -- 1900-talet.
Judar -- historia -- Sydafrika -- 1800-talet -- 1900-talet.
England -- Ethnic relations
Great Britain.
South Africa.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Bar-Yosef, Eitan.
Valman, Nadia.
ISBN 9780230594371