Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews

by Cathy Gelbin and Sander Gilman
Social History, Popular Culture, And Politics In Germany
University of Michigan Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-472-12296-7, OA eISBN: 9780472901111, Cloth: 978-0-472-13041-2

Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews adds significantly to contemporary scholarship on cosmopolitanism by making the experience of Jews central to the discussion, as it traces the evolution of Jewish cosmopolitanism over the last two centuries. The book sets out from an exploration of the nature and cultural-political implications of the shifting perceptions of Jewish mobility and fluidity around 1800, when modern cosmopolitanist discourse arose. Through a series of case studies, the authors analyze the historical and discursive junctures that mark the central paradigm shifts in the Jewish self-image, from the Wandering Jew to the rootless parasite, the cosmopolitan, and the socialist internationalist. Chapters analyze the tensions and dualisms in the constructed relationship between cosmopolitanism and the Jews at particular historical junctures between 1800 and the present, and probe into the relationship between earlier anti-Semitic discourses on Jewish cosmopolitanism and Stalinist rhetoric.


Cathy S. Gelbin is Senior Lecturer in German Studies, University of Manchester. Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University.


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