© 2008

British Romanticism and the Jews

History, Culture, Literature

  • Editors
  • Sheila A. Spector

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Sheila A. Spector
      Pages 1-16
  3. Cultural Contexts

  4. British Romantics and the Haskalah

  5. Jewish Writers and British Romanticism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-294

About this book


British Romanticism and the Jews explores the mutual influences exerted by the British-Christian and British-Jewish communities on each other during the period between the Enlightenment and Victorianism. The essays in the volume demonstrate how the texts produced by the Jewish Enlightenment provided a significant resource for romantic intellectual revisionism, in much the same way that British romanticism provided the cultural basis through which the British-Jewish community was able to negotiate between the competing obligations to ethnicity and nationalism.

About the authors

SHEILA A. SPECTOR has devoted her scholarly career to studying the intersection between British Literature and Judaica, since receiving the MA in Comparative Literature, and the PH.D. in British Literature, both from the University of Maryland. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Jewish Mysticism: An Annotated Bibliography of the Kabbalah in English (Garland, 1984), the only comprehensive, book-length bibliography of English-language materials dealing with Kabbalism. She served as consultant for the film William Blake, part of the film series, Pioneers of the Spirit, produced by Trinity Television in 1998, and she published a two- volume study of Blake as a Kabbalist: Glorious incomprehensible: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Language, and Wonders Divine: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Myth, both published by Bucknell University Press (2001).

Bibliographic information


"Without exception, the contributors negotiate almost seamlessly between the fields of literature, history, cultural, and Jewish studies." - Frank Felsenstein, Ball State University, USA

"The complex relationship between British romanticism and Anglo-Jewry has never before been discussed so exhaustively and with such sophistication." - Bryan Cheyette, University of Southampton, UK