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The Wandering Court Jew and the Hand of God: Wilhelm Hauff's "Jud süss" as Historical Fiction

Jefferson S. Chase
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 93, No. 3 (Jul., 1998), pp. 724-740
DOI: 10.2307/3736493
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3736493
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The Wandering Court Jew and the Hand of God: Wilhelm Hauff's
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Abstract

This article examines the mixed images of "Jewishness" in "Wilhelm Hauff'"s 1828 historical novella "Jud Süß." In the first section, an examination of Hauff's deviation from his sources, fictional and historical, leads to an analysis of the work's ideological content. The conclusion is that the strains of "anti-Semitism" in the narrative outweigh the positive depictions of Jewishness. The second section places the novella in its historical context and speculates as to why this particular narrative should have found such public resonance. Perceived historical necessity itself is shown to be a major influence on "Jud Süß'"s composition and its nineteenth-century reception.

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