Feuchtwanger's Jud Süß and the Ambiguities of Jewish Political Power

Title:
Feuchtwanger's Jud Süß and the Ambiguities of Jewish Political Power
Authors:
Cooper, Gabriel
Abstract:
This reading reassesses Feuchtwanger's novel Jud Su ss (1925) as historical fiction, focusing on the temporality of the events portrayed, rather than the era in which the author wrote. An examination of the motif of betrayal, intrinsic to the historical setting's characterization, lends insight into the novel's portrayal of Jewish political power as deeply ambivalent. Whereas previous scholarship has uncritically received Feuchtwanger's justification for writing the novel, I argue that the author's interest lay in his subject - the court Jew, Josef Su ss Oppenheimer - precisely as a historical Jewish figure. Through his protagonist, Feuchtwanger sought to probe dilemmas that confronted Jews torn between religious community and civil society. Ultimately, the novel espouses a pessimistic view of Jewish political power, and as response to the Jewish question, it exposes the insincerity of the state's offer of equal rights to Jews in exchange for relinquishing Judaism.
Citation:
Cooper, Gabriel. 2017. "Feuchtwanger's Jud Süß and the Ambiguities of Jewish Political Power." The German Quarterly 90(3): 315-331.
Publisher:
Wiley for the American Association of Teachers of German
DATE ISSUED:
2017-07
Department:
German
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1111/gequ.12038
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/gequ.12038
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/620504

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dc.contributor.authorCooper, Gabrielen
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-13T14:27:13Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-13T14:27:13Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-
dc.identifier.citationCooper, Gabriel. 2017. "Feuchtwanger's Jud Süß and the Ambiguities of Jewish Political Power." The German Quarterly 90(3): 315-331.en
dc.identifier.issn0016-8831-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/620504-
dc.description.abstractThis reading reassesses Feuchtwanger's novel Jud Su ss (1925) as historical fiction, focusing on the temporality of the events portrayed, rather than the era in which the author wrote. An examination of the motif of betrayal, intrinsic to the historical setting's characterization, lends insight into the novel's portrayal of Jewish political power as deeply ambivalent. Whereas previous scholarship has uncritically received Feuchtwanger's justification for writing the novel, I argue that the author's interest lay in his subject - the court Jew, Josef Su ss Oppenheimer - precisely as a historical Jewish figure. Through his protagonist, Feuchtwanger sought to probe dilemmas that confronted Jews torn between religious community and civil society. Ultimately, the novel espouses a pessimistic view of Jewish political power, and as response to the Jewish question, it exposes the insincerity of the state's offer of equal rights to Jews in exchange for relinquishing Judaism.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherWiley for the American Association of Teachers of Germanen
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/gequ.12038-
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/gequ.12038en
dc.subject.departmentGermanen_US
dc.titleFeuchtwanger's Jud Süß and the Ambiguities of Jewish Political Poweren_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe German Quarterlyen
dc.subject.keywordLion Feuchtwangeren_US
dc.subject.keywordJud Su ssen_US
dc.subject.keywordHistorical fictionen_US
dc.subject.keywordJewish identityen_US
dc.subject.keywordPolitical poweren_US
dc.identifier.volume90en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage315en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The German Quarterlyen
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