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Deutschsprachige Autoren jüdischer Herkunft aus Mähren - von der Aufklärung bis 1918

Title in English German speaking Jews authors from Moravia - from the Enlightment to 1918


Year of publication 2002
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference XXVI. Nikolsburger Symposium. Mährische Juden in der österreichischen Monarchie (1780-1918). 24.-25. Oktober 2000
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords German Literature - Brno's literary life - Vienna - the 19th century - assimilation - conversion to Christianity - Josef von Sonnenfels - Alois Jeitteles - Hieronymus Lorm - Jakob Julius David - Max Grünfeld - Ghettogeschichten - Philipp Langmann - Hans Müller
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Description The contribution traces lives and works of seven German-speaking Jewish authors born in Moravia between 1733 and 1882. Shows that they had very little in common. -- Sonnenfels reformed Austrian theater, edited several spectatorial weeklies. Jeitteles who tried in vain to develop his literary skills in Brno remains popular thanks to Beethoven's song cycle "An die ferne Geliebte". Deaf and blind Lorn, in Metternich Era an important liberal critic, became "a very prolific" author of conventional prose. David was a prolific journalist, but his literary works make him exceptional both in context of Wiener both Moderne and Heimatliteratur. Gruenfeld spent his adult life in Brno, wrote Ghettogeschichten from his native Kromeriz (Kremsier), and similarly to Kulke has been recetly rediscovered by the Central European Jewish studies. Langmann's naturalism stood in opposition to Wiener Moderne, his short-lived success on the stage overshadowed his interesting short stories. Mueller is a good example of a successful albeit superficial Jewish poet, feuilletonist and playwright, though he in his late autobiographical novel "Jugend in Wien" arrives at a critical stand on his youth. -- Seemingly doomed to oblivion due to their old-fashioned literary style and as a consequence of the 20th century historical development, their importance is now being reassessed in the context of minority and cultural studies.

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