Nexus 1

Nexus 1

Essays in German Jewish Studies

Edited by William Collins Donahue, Martha B. Helfer


Camden House



New essays from the Duke German Jewish Studies Workshop, the first and only ongoing forum for German Jewish Studies in North America.
Nexus is the official publication of the biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop at Duke University, the first ongoing forum in North America for German Jewish studies. It publishes innovative research in German Jewish Studies and serves as a venue for introducing new directions in the field, analyzing the development and definition of the field itself, and considering the place of German Jewish Studies within the disciplines of both German Studies and Jewish Studies. Additionally, it examines issues of pedagogy and programming at the undergraduate, graduate, and community levels. The contributions are organized in three sections according to their approach to German Jewish Studies: theoretical and philosophical, literary-historical, or approaches that focus on the Jew(s) in today's Germany.

Contributors: Nicola Behrmann, Juliette Brungs, Katja Garloff, Sander L. Gilman, Jeffrey A. Grossman, Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Michael G. Levine, Elizabeth Loentz, Agnes C. Mueller, Todd Samuel Presner, Lisa Silverman, David Suchoff.

William C. Donahue is Professor in German, in Jewish Studies, and in the Program in Literature at Duke University, where he is also a member of the Jewish Studies Executive Committee and Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature. Martha B. Helfer is Professor and Chair of the Department of German, Russian, and Eastern European Languages and Literatures and an affiliate member of the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.


November 2011
8 black and white illustrations
256 pages
9x6 in
Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies
ISBN: 9781571135018
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, LIT004210, HIS014000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - William Collins Donahue and Martha B. Helfer
German-Jewish Studies in the Digital Age: Remarks on Discipline, Method, and Media - Todd Samuel Presner
Beyond Antisemitism: A Critical Approach to German Jewish Cultural History - Lisa Silverman
Unrequited Love: On the Rhetoric of a Trope from Moritz Goldstein to Hannah Arendt - Katja Garloff
Happiness and Unhappiness as a "Jewish Question" - Sander L. Gilman
Auerbach, Heine and the Question of Bildung in German and German Jewish Culture - Jeffrey A. Grossman
The Literary Double Life of Clementine Krämer: German-Jewish Activist and Bavarian "Heimat" and Dialect Writer - Elizabeth Loentz
Franz Kafka, Hebrew Writer: The Vaudeville of Linguistic Origins - David Suchoff
Words at War: Hugo Ball and Walter Benjamin on Language and History - Nicola Behrmann
The Inability to Love? Jews and Germans in Works by Günter Grass and Martin Walser - Agnes Mueller
Written into the Body: Introducing the Performance Video Art of Tanya Ury - Juliette Brungs
Disfigured Memory: The Reshaping of Holocaust Symbols in Yad Vashem and the Jewish Museum in Berlin - Jennifer Hansen-Glücklich
New Subject Positions in Recent German-Jewish Film - Michael Levine


What is most impressive about a number of these essays is that the argument their authors develop with reference to specific texts could be appropriated for other texts offering similarly new insights. . . . Nexus . . . promises to contribute new and exciting perspectives to our understanding of German-Jewish philosophy, literature, and culture. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

(A) welcome new series . . . (that) can be expected to become a platform for important research and debates on German Jewish literary and cultural studies. . . . (T)his is a series to which both readers and libraries would be well advised to subscribe. RITCHIE ROBERTSON, JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES

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