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The Anti-JournalistKarl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siecle Europe$
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Paul Reitter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226709703

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.001.0001

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Introduction: All That Is Solid Melts into Ink

Introduction: All That Is Solid Melts into Ink

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(p.1) Introduction: All That Is Solid Melts into Ink
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The Anti-Journalist
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the anti-journalism developed by Karl Kraus in turn-of-the-century Vienna. It argues that in the most infamous “symptom” of his Jewish self-hatred, “Heine and the Consequences,” Kraus operates with anti-Jewish discourse mostly for strategic purposes while offering a seminal formulation of his boldest stylistic principles. This volume is about the meanings German-Jewish journalism took on at a moment when both German Jews and journalism were together deeply implicated in the “crisis of modernity.”

Keywords:   anti-journalism, Karl Kraus, Vienna, Jewish self-hatred, Heine and the Consequences, anti-Jewish discourse, German-Jewish journalism, German Jews, modernity

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