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The Jewish Decadence: Jews and the Aesthetics of Modernity

Jonathan Freedman


As Jewish writers, artists, and intellectuals of the fin-de-siècle made their way into and through metropolitan places of cultural production and exchange, and Paris in particular, they engaged with a culture obsessed with decadence in its widest manifestations, literary, philosophical, medical, and political. The results helped define Jewish cultural life of the era, and well beyond. From Caesare Lombroso or Max Nordau through Sigmund Freud; from Marcel Proust to Isaac Bashevis Singer, from Italo Svevo through Saul Bellow; from S. An-Sky through A. B. Yehoshua, from Claude Cahun through Patri ... More

Keywords: aestheticism, modernity, decadence, Paris, Jewishness, art, literature, fin-de-siècle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226580920
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226581118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Freedman, author
University of Michigan