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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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Messianic Journalism? Benjamin and Scholem Read Die Fackel

Messianic Journalism? Benjamin and Scholem Read Die Fackel

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(p.137) Chapter Four Messianic Journalism? Benjamin and Scholem Read Die Fackel
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The Anti-Journalist
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.003.0005

This chapter examines Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem's interpretations of Karl Kraus' journalism. It highlights Benjamin's use of dramatic phrases and superlative forms in his essays on Kraus and Scholem's portrayal of Kraus as a “messianic movement of language.” This chapter argues that Benjamin's and Scholem's readings of Kraus powerfully underscore how complex the discourse linking journalistic writing and Jewishness could be, and also how much it mattered during the turbulent war and Weimar years.

Keywords:   Karl Kraus, journalism, Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, journalistic writing, Jewishness

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