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By Nadia Valman

Tales approximately Jewesses proliferated in nineteenth-century Britain as debates in regards to the position of the Jews within the kingdom raged. whereas past scholarship has explored the superiority of antisemitic stereotypes during this interval, Nadia Valman argues that the determine of the Jewess - virtuous, attractive and sacrificial - finds how hostility in the direction of Jews was once observed by means of pity, id and hope. interpreting a variety of texts from renowned romance to the realist novel, she investigates how the complicated determine of the Jewess introduced the instabilities of nineteenth-century spiritual, racial and nationwide id into uniquely sharp concentration. Tracing the narrative of the Jewess from its beginnings in Romantic and Evangelical literature, and interpreting canonical writers together with Walter Scott, George Eliot and Anthony Trollope along extra minor figures akin to Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, Grace Aguilar and Amy Levy, Valman demonstrates the extraordinary patience of this narrative and its myriad differences around the century.

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