The Stranger in Early Modern and Modern Jewish Tradition


Throughout history, Jews have often been regarded, and treated, as “strangers.” In The Stranger in Early Modern and Modern Jewish Tradition, authors from a wide variety of disciplines discuss how the notion of “the stranger” can offer an integrative perspective on Jewish identities, on the non-Jewish perceptions of Jews, and on the relations between Jews and non-Jews in an innovative way.

Contributions from history, philosophy, religion, sociology, literature, and the arts offer a new perspective on the Jewish experience in early modern and modern times: in contact and conflict, in processes of attribution and allegation, but also self-reflection and negotiation, focused on the figure of the stranger.

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Catherine Bartlett has a double-award PhD (2017) from the University of Kent (UK) and the University of Strasbourg (France) in Comparative Literature (French, German, English). She also has two BAs in German and Norwegian from Paris IV-La Sorbonne, as well as a Master’s degree in Germanic studies from the University of Strasbourg. Her research interests are nineteenth-century Jewish European literature and art. At present, she teaches French at the University of Surrey.

Joachim Schlör, Ph.D. (1990), University of Southampton, is Professor of modern Jewish/non-Jewish relations at that university. He has published several monographs on urban history and the cultures of migration, including most recently Escaping Nazi Germany. One Woman’s Emigration from Heilbronn to England (Bloomsbury, 2020).
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1 Introduction
  Catherine Bartlett

2 “The Penitents”: Attitudes of Jewish Society to Marranos in Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Safed
  Eyal Davidson

3 The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem: A Borderline Case
  Michael T. Miller

4 Rights of the Stranger in Jewish Moral: Reactions to M. Lazarus’ Ethics of Judaism in Imperial Germany
  Mathias Berek

5 The Origins of the Stranger: Georg Simmel’s “The Stranger,” Moritz Lazarus’ “Was Heisst National?” and the Jewish Question of the Fin-de-Siècle Period
  Søren Blak Hjortshøj

6 The Jewish Stranger in Germany and America
  Chad Alan Goldberg

7 (Friendly) Strangers in Their Own Land No More: Third-Generation Jews and Socio-Political Activism in the Present in Germany
  Dani Kranz

8 “They Are Not My People”: Mysticism and Political Extremism in Henry Bean’s Script The Believer (2001)
  Federico Dal Bo

9 Between Language and Ethnicity: Russian Jewish Writers in the Post-Soviet World, the Question of Self-Identification in Literature and Life
  Olga Tabachnikova

10 Jews as Strangers, Strangers as Jews in the Twentieth-Century French Novel
  Maxime Decout

11 Exorcizing the Stranger: The “Daughter of Germany” in the Contemporary Jewish Imagination
  Efraim Sicher

12 Muslims as Brothers or Strangers? French Jewish Thinkers Confront the Moral Dilemmas of the French-Algerian War
  Ethan B. Katz

13 The Christian Orphan as the Stranger in Nineteenth-Century European Jewish Fiction
  Catherine Bartlett

14 The Strange Face and Form of the Stranger in Levinas
  Benda Hofmeyr

15 Conclusion: Jews and Strangers. Perspective from History
  Joachim Schlör


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