By Bryan Cheyette
Literary critics and cultural historians have for too lengthy written the query of race out of mainstream money owed of English literature. In buildings of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society Bryan Cheyette combines cultural conception, discourse research and new historicism with shut readings of works via Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling, Shaw and Wells, Belloc and Chesterton, T. S. Eliot and Joyce to argue that the Jew lies on the center of recent English literature and society: no longer as a stereotype, yet because the embodiment of misunderstanding and indeterminacy.
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E. Russell, Matthew Arnold (London, 1904) pp. 162—3. George Meredith, in a letter to Lucien Wolf dated January 20, 1906, argued that 'we get Spinoza, and some noble English - the Arnolds [and] Browning' from 'the Arab Jew'. For this see C. L. ), The Collected Letters of George Meredith, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1970), 111, p. 1339. Hilaire Belloc also Judaized the 'Arnold Families' in his The Jews (London, 1922), p. 47. These associations were undoubtedly popularized by the portrait of Dr Arnold as an Old Testament patriarch in Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians (London, 1918).
165. 2* By the time of Trollope's posthumous autobiography, Disraeli's novels are said to have 'the glory of pasteboard', 'the wealth of tinsel5 and the 'wit of hairdressers': An audacious conjurer has generally been his hero, - some youth who, by wonderful cleverness, can obtain success by every intrigue that comes to his hand. Through it all there is a feeling of stage properties, a smell of hair-oil, an aspect of buhl, a remembrance of tailors, and that pricking of the conscience which must be the general accompaniment of paste diamonds.
181-2 where Trollope argues that it was inconceivable to him * that the Negro can be m a d e equal to the white m a n ' as ' t h e negro is the white m a n ' s inferior t h r o u g h laws of n a t u r e . . H e is not mentally fit to cope with white m e n ' . F o r this see also I v a G. J o h n s o n , 'Trollope, Carlyle, and Mill on the N e g r o : A n Episode in the History of I d e a s ' , Journal of Negro History 52 July, 1967), 185^99. Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot 29 way, 'balanced' precariously between inclusion in the world of ' realism' and exclusion from the authentic world of a racially fixed 'feudal' England.
Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945 by Bryan Cheyette