Goethe and Judaism: The Troubled Inheritance of Modern by Karin Schutjer

By Karin Schutjer

 In Goethe and Judaism, Schutjer goals to supply a vast, although not at all exhaustive, literary examine that's neither apologetic nor reductive, that attends to the complexity and irony of Goethe’s literary paintings yet takes his representations of Judaism heavily as an essential component of his inspiration and writing. She is therefore involved now not easily with accusing or acquitting Goethe of prejudice yet really with discerning the functionality and common sense of his dating to Judaism, as visible inside his paintings. Her premise is that Goethe’s notion of modernity—his anxieties in addition to his so much affirmative imaginative and prescient about the trajectory of his age—are deeply entwined along with his notion of Judaism. Schutjer argues that in the back of his very combined representations of Jews and Judaism stand an important tensions inside his personal considering and a unique nervousness of impact. certainly, Goethe, she contends, mockingly wrestles opposed to accurately these impulses in Judaism for which he feels the best affinity, which so much strategy his personal imaginative and prescient of modernity. The discourse of wandering in Goethe’s paintings serves as a key web site the place Judaism and modernity meet.

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