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Rachel and Her Race

Patrick Parrinder

18 August 1994
Constructions of ‘the Jew’ in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 
by Bryan Cheyette.
Cambridge, 301 pp., £35, November 1993, 0 521 44355 5
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The Jewish Heritage in British History: Englishness and Jewishness 
edited by Tony Kushner.
Cass, 234 pp., £25, January 1992, 0 7146 3464 6
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... Jew, like Karl Marx or Lord Beaconsfield. On the other hand, she did not originate what Bryan Cheyette would call a ‘semitic discourse’, though she certainly became the object of one. Disraeli rhapsodised over the ‘semitic principle’ which, he thought, ensured that true Jews were also true-blue Conservatives. Marx, most notoriously in ...

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Antony Lerman: The Aliens Act

7 November 2013
Literature, Immigration and Diaspora in Fin-de-Siècle England: A Cultural History of the 1905 Aliens Act 
by David Glover.
Cambridge, 229 pp., £55, November 2012, 978 1 107 02281 2
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... should be seen, he suggests, as examples of ‘semitic discourse’, a concept developed by Bryan Cheyette in Constructions of ‘the Jew’ in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations 1875-1945 (1995) who felt that anti-semitism understood as one-dimensional hatred and hostility could not yet account for the place of Jews in the ...

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