"With original insight, Gurley demonstrates how Goldschmidt’s rich literary texts uniquely combine the ideals and aesthetics of Danish Golden Age romantic literature with older and authentic narrative traditions rooted in Jewish learning."—Marianne T. Stecher, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
"David Gantt Gurley has performed a service in writing this fascinating monograph on the Danish-Jewish Romantic Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt. . . . Goldschmidt is an unjustly neglected European Jewish Romantic writer who deserves to be “rehabilitated into a modern, global literature”. . . for a twenty-first century readership."—Journal of Modern Jewish Studies
Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Jewish Fiction presents a bold new reading of one of Denmark’s greatest writers of the nineteenth century, situating him, first and foremost, as a Jewish artist. Offering an alternative to the nationalistic discourse so prevalent in the scholarship, Gurley examines Goldschmidt’s relationship to the Hebrew Bible and later rabbinical traditions, such as the Talmud and the Midrash. At the same time, he shows that Goldschmidt’s midrashic style in a secular context predates certain narrative movements within Modern-ism that are usually associated with the twentieth century and especially Czech writer Franz Kafka. Goldschmidt was remarkable in his era, both as a writer who explored his peripheral identity in the mainstream of European culture and as a writer of the first truly Jewish bildungsroman. In this groundbreaking study of Goldschmidt’s narrative art, Gurley refashions his position in both the Danish and Jewish literary canons and introduces his extraordinary work to a wider, non-Scandinavian audience.
David Gantt Gurley is assistant professor in the Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon.
6 x 9, 280 pages