By Maren Tova Linett
Initially released in 2007, Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness explores the cultured and political roles played by way of Jewish characters in women's fiction among the area Wars. Focusing mostly on British modernism, it argues that girl authors enlist a multifaceted imaginative and prescient of Jewishness to assist them form fictions which are thematically bold and officially experimental. Maren Linett analyzes the meanings and motifs that Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Dorothy Richardson, and Djuna Barnes go along with Jewishness. The writers' simultaneous id with and distancing from Jews produced advanced portrayals within which Jews serve now and then as types for the authors' artwork, and every now and then as foils opposed to which their writing is outlined. through analyzing the political and literary strength of Semitic discourse for those key girls authors, Linett fills an important hole within the account of the cultural and literary forces that formed modernism.
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However, the novel also questions a Communism so dogmatic that it would become as harmful to art as the bourgeois culture it attempts to remake. To embed in her novel these critiques of both bourgeois commodity-culture and Communist single-mindedness, Warner creates a bohemian Jewish storyteller, Minna Lemuel, to whom notions of disinterested art gather. Warner revisits the stereotype of the greedy Jew and revises it, both to reject antisemitism and to stage her inquiry into the possibility of a sphere where financial interests make way for human and aesthetic value.
64 In 1913 news of the trial of Mendel Beiliss of Kiev, who was accused of murdering a young boy for ritual purposes, was reported in British 24 Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness newspapers. The Times published several articles in which the correspondent described the trial as a crucial event in modern political history. ‘‘It is daily becoming clearer that under the forms of law a momentous political struggle is being fought out. This is not the Beiliss case. 66 British writers would have been aware, too, of two issues which during the First World War and in the next few years brought antisemitic discourse to a high pitch in British politics and the mainstream press: conscription and Bolshevism.
She insists on recognizing a painting of a horse as an artifact made by a particular psyche when she says, ‘‘ ‘But why does he have this idea of a horse? . I know it is his idea. I know it is a picture of himself, really’ ’’ – a comment which enrages Loerke. 12 Significantly, Birkin and Gerald Crich decide he must be Jewish just a couple of pages before he spouts his inhumane theory. James Joyce, far more sympathetic to Jews than Lawrence, creates in Ulysses (1922) a Jewish Everyman in whom commingle the artist and scientist, and with whom Stephen Dedalus needs to commune before he 34 Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness can surpass his narrow, egotistical aesthetic assumptions.
Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness by Maren Tova Linett