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Author: Olaf Terpitz

Abstract

Originating in different literary traditions and cultural contexts, the European-Christian-Jewish-Muslim figure of ‘Don Quijote’ and the Jewish-European figures of ‘Schlemiel’ and ‘Schelm’ show a relation of both closeness and distance in their interactions. Created especially in times of societal and cultural upheaval, as for instance in the fault zones of modernity, they mark the voice of resistance, of non-conformity, of critical enquiry, the voice of a stranger through irony and ambivalence. Beyond the lingual and cultural “divides” of Yiddish, Spanish, German, Russian or Polish these literary figures, as I will argue in this chapter, design by various processes of reception, be they ideational or translational, a zone of encounter and transformation.

In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Jewishness in Russian Culture
In: The Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937
Author: Olaf Terpitz

Abstract

Originating in different literary traditions and cultural contexts, the European-Christian-Jewish-Muslim figure of ‘Don Quijote’ and the Jewish-European figures of ‘Schlemiel’ and ‘Schelm’ show a relation of both closeness and distance in their interactions. Created especially in times of societal and cultural upheaval, as for instance in the fault zones of modernity, they mark the voice of resistance, of non-conformity, of critical enquiry, the voice of a stranger through irony and ambivalence. Beyond the lingual and cultural “divides” of Yiddish, Spanish, German, Russian or Polish these literary figures, as I will argue in this chapter, design by various processes of reception, be they ideational or translational, a zone of encounter and transformation.

In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures
In: Places and Forms of Encounter in Jewish Literatures