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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001

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“Fantasy” and “Reality” in Modern Antisemitism

“Fantasy” and “Reality” in Modern Antisemitism

(p.244) “Fantasy” and “Reality” in Modern Antisemitism
Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Ezra Mendelsohn

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews Albert S. Lindermann's recent study of the Dreyfus, Beilis, and Leo Frank affairs (1894 to 1915). It points out that the definition of the topic appears at times to be as elusive as the quest to ground it in the conditions of “reality.” The trials and the controversies that were engendered clearly occupy the book's central narrative concerns, but lurking in the background—and periodically made explicit—is a set of arguments about modern antisemitism: what accounts for it, how it is best to be studied, and its impact on political events. The chapter focuses on the terminological gloss that Lindermann provided in the book which defines antisemtism simply as “hostility to” or “hatred of” Jews.

Keywords:   Albert S. Lindermann, Dreyfus, Beilis, Leo Frank affairs, reality, trials, arguments, antisemitism, terminological gloss, hatred of Jews

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