Middle Ground

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:
Middle Ground

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This chapter talks about the surveyed landscape of culture produced by German-speaking Prague Jews and the keen interest in translations from Czech to German that stands out. There is no correspondence, in the sense of perfect resonance or unison, among the varied encounters with the question of translation of Prague Jewish authors in the early twentieth century. It does not even seem as though Otto Pick, Rudolf Fuchs, Max Brod, and Franz Kafka set out anything like a common goal or interest as they engaged with the figure of translation, and yet, in striking contrast to the Czechs and the Bohemian Germans, they were irresistibly drawn to such an engagement. The translation project was certainly significant in European cultural history for its effects, but its impetus was never an ideology of “pluralism.” Pluralism, it has been noted, has a liberal face but remains a hegemonic device to absorb and control difference.

Keywords: Prague Jews; Prague Jewish authors; Otto Pick; Rudolf Fuchs; Max Brod; Franz Kafka; Czechs; Bohemian Germans; European cultural history; Pluralism

Chapter.  16718 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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