Jews under the magnifying glass: Judaism and the Jewish community in non-Jewish detective fiction

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Abstract

This article explores contemporary detective fiction written by non-Jews through the prism of Bauman's concept of allosemitism, examining the way in which Jews and Jewish communities are depicted as the ‘Other’. Analysing Irish Canadian John Brady's Kaddish in Dublin (1990; Dublin Jews through the eyes of Catholic police detectives), Polish Zygmunt Miłoszewski's A Grain of Truth (2011; anti-Semitism in contemporary Poland), and Finnish crime writer Harri Nykänen's series featuring Ariel Kafka (a Jewish detective character), it notes two central themes running through all three—ambivalent Jewish-Christian relations and strong bonds between the Jewish Diaspora and the State of Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-808
Number of pages18
JournalModern Language Review
Volume115
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language

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