The "Jewish Prague" around 1900. Narratives and Images Cover Image

Das ‚jüdische Prag‘ um 1900. Narrative und Figurationen
The "Jewish Prague" around 1900. Narratives and Images

Author(s): Andreas Kilcher
Subject(s): Jewish studies, Recent History (1900 till today), 19th Century, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze - Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: Jewish Prague; European modernism; assimilation; nationalism;self-narrative

Summary/Abstract: “Jewish Prague” is one of the most remarkable urban narratives of European modernism. It can be analyzed both as history and as a story – of the complex national and cultural interplay between cultural contacts and cultural conflicts. The focus here is on the story and thereby the imagination, narration, and figuration of this “Jewish Prague.” This construct emerged around 1900 in a specific context: its protagonists were mostly sons of assimilated German as well as Czech Jews, whose promise of integration was unfulfilled, not least due to the nationalist movement. This environment resulted in a reinvention of “Jewish Prague” as a secular, i.e. less religious and instead cultural and political, self-narrative in the midst of modernism around 1900.

  • Issue Year: 23/2015
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 023-036
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: German