Since the past due eighteenth century, writers and thinkers have used the assumption of love—often unrequited or most unlikely love—to touch upon the altering cultural, social, and political place of Jews within the German-speaking nations. In Mixed Feelings, Katja Garloff asks what it capacity for literature (and philosophy) to take advantage of love among members as a metaphor for team family members. this question is of renewed curiosity at the present time, while theorists of multiculturalism flip towards love of their look for new types of particularity and universality.
Mixed Feelings is based round transformative moments in German Jewish tradition and background that produced relatively wealthy clusters of interfaith love tales. round 1800, literature promoted the increase of the Romantic love excellent and the shift from prearranged to love-based marriages. within the German-speaking nations, this variation within the idea and perform of affection coincided with the beginnings of Jewish emancipation, and either its supporters and rivals associated their arguments to tropes of affection. Garloff explores the generative powers of such tropes in Moses Mendelssohn, G. E. Lessing, Friedrich Schlegel, Dorothea Veit, and Achim von Arnim.
Around 1900, the increase of racial antisemitism had referred to as into query the guarantees of emancipation and resulted in a difficulty of German Jewish identification. even as, Jewish-Christian intermarriage brought on public debates that have been tied up with racial discourses and issues approximately procreation, heredity, and the mutability and immutability of the Jewish physique. Garloff exhibits how sleek German Jewish writers reminiscent of Arthur Schnitzler, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Franz Rosenzweig wrest the assumption of affection clear of biologist notion and reinstate it as a version of sociopolitical family members. She concludes by means of tracing the relevance of this version in post-Holocaust works via Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Barbara Honigmann.