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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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Conclusion: The Afterlife of Anti-Journalism

Conclusion: The Afterlife of Anti-Journalism

(p.175) Conclusion: The Afterlife of Anti-Journalism
The Anti-Journalist
University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study of Karl Kraus' anti-journalism. It suggests that while Kraus' anti-journalism alienates contemporary readers, tracing its formation prompts us to rethink issues that have immediate actuality in ongoing discussions of German-Jewish culture. Though Kraus made use of anti-Semitic language, he was moved by and excelled at chronicling moments in which large mechanisms of injustice bore down on individuals whom he saw as defenseless. An example of this is Die Fackel, which abounds with passionate and colorful interventions on behalf of people who were suffering as a result of bigotry or chauvinism or the systemic hypocrisy in fin-de-siècle Austrian society.

Keywords:   Karl Kraus, anti-journalism, German-Jewish culture, anti-Semitic language, injustice, Die Fackel, bigotry, chauvinism, hypocrisy, Austria

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