Constructions of Jewish Identity and the Spectre of Colonialism: Of White Skin and Black Masks in Early Zionist Discourse

Stähler, Axel (2013) Constructions of Jewish Identity and the Spectre of Colonialism: Of White Skin and Black Masks in Early Zionist Discourse. German Life and Letters, 66 (3). pp. 254-276. ISSN 0016-8777. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/glal.12015) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Early Zionist discourse proliferated with constructions of a new Jewish identity. Discussing responses to the so-called Uganda plan of 1903–5 and notions of Jewish colonisation in Africa and elsewhere, the article investigates demarcations of Jewishness from, and identifications with, ‘blackness’ in the early twentieth-century German Zionist press and literature and their impact on the Zionist imaginary vis-à-vis the colonial paradigm. Particular attention is given to Max Jungmann’s ‘Briefe aus Neu-Neuland’, published in the satiric journal Schlemiel between 1903–7. It is argued that with his fictitious account of the Zionist settlement of East Africa (which historically never happened) and with the creation of the black African Mbwapwa Jumbo and his conversion to Judaism Jungmann articulates an intricate and critical response to colonial aspirations, Jewish or otherwise, and formulates a scathing and highly perceptive commentary on the convergence of Zionist, racial, and colonial discourses.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Axel Staehler
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 14:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 11:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36803 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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