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The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siecle Europe

Paul Reitter


In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that elicited both admiration and outrage. Kraus' spectacularly hostile critiques often focused on his fellow Jewish journalists, which brought him a reputation as the quintessential self-hating Jew. This book overturns this view with unprecedented force and sophistication, showing how Kraus' criticisms form the center of a radical model of German-Jewish self-fashioning, and how that model developed in concert with Kraus' modernist journalistic style. It situates Kraus' writings in t ... More

Keywords: Vienna, Karl Kraus, media criticism, satires, Jewish journalists, cultural authenticity, assimilation, German-Jewish authors, Kafka, Scholem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226709703
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Reitter, author