Zwischen Partikularismus und Universalismus: Jüdische Existenz und Kosmopolitismus in den Prosaschriften Stefan Zweigs

Translated title of the contribution: Between Particularism and Universalism: Jewish Existence and Cosmopolitanism in the Prose Writings of Stefan Zweig

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Abstract

Arguing that Zweig's concerted cosmopolitanist engagement emerged only after World War I, the article examines the Jewish sensitivities that fuelled the writer's cosmopolitanism in essential ways. Zweig's prose writings between 1901 and 1941 afford a unique view at the shift from his pre-World War I search for a Jewish predicament combining Judaism – understood to be particularist – and Christianity – represented as universalizing – to his later assertion of a new particularist universality, from which a new, unified Europe beyond borders, national strife and antisemitism would emerge. The piece critically explores the ways in which Zweig positions the Jewish figure as the prototype of this particularist universality in both Jewish and (post)colonial perspective.
Translated title of the contributionBetween Particularism and Universalism: Jewish Existence and Cosmopolitanism in the Prose Writings of Stefan Zweig
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationStefan Zweig – Jüdische Relationen
Subtitle of host publicationStudien zu Werk und Biographie
EditorsMark H Gelber, Elisabeth Erdem, Clemens Renoldner
Place of PublicationWürzburg
PublisherVerlag Koenigshausen und Neumann GmbH
Pages17-28
ISBN (Print)9783826060557 , 3826060555
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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