Publisher description for The rhetoric of cultural dialogue : Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and beyond / Jeffrey S. Librett.


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Counter This groundbreaking work effects the first extended rhetorical-philosophical reading of the historically problematic relationship between Jews and Germans, based on an analysis of texts from the Enlightenment to Modernism by Moses Mendelssohn, Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel, Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche, and Freud. Centering on a rereading, in terms of contemporary rhetorical theory, of the medieval tradition of 'figural representation', which defines the Jewish-Christian relation as that between the dead, prefigural letter and the living, fulfilled spirit, it deals with the 'Judaization' of Protestant rationality in the German Enlightenment, traces developments through early and later German Romanticism, and into Modernism, Fascism and Communism. The book ends with a note on recent debates about Holocaust memory.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Jews Germany History 1800-1933, Jews Germany Intellectual life 18th century, Jews Germany Intellectual life 19th century, Germany Civilization Jewish influences, Germany Ethnic relations, Judaism Relations Christianity, Christianity and other religions Judaism, Jews Cultural assimilation Germany