Chapter

Where's the Difference?

Scott Spector

in Prague Territories

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219090
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219090.003.0002
Where's the Difference?

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This chapter talks about Prague German culture and the city's German-speaking Jewish population. For German culture was as central to bourgeois Jewish life in Prague as Jews seemed to be to its production, funding, and appreciation. The generation of Franz Kafka, Felix Weltsch, Egon Erwin Kisch, and Max Brod grew into an awareness of the dilemma of culture and nation in Prague that the generations before them had been able to repress. Their early explorations of the constellation of issues attached to artistic production in postliberal Prague point to a tension between aesthetics and politics, art and life, text and context—in other words, the specific pathology of their very particular condition in this time and place put them in a privileged position vis-à-vis a set of issues at the center of the Modern.

Keywords: Prague German culture; Jewish population; bourgeois Jewish life; Prague; Franz Kafka; Felix Weltsch; Egon Erwin Kisch; Max Brod; postliberal Prague point; modern politics

Chapter.  13263 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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