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Jewish IdentitiesNationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music$
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Klara Moricz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250888

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250888.001.0001

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Racial Mystique

Racial Mystique

Anti-Semitism and Ernest Bloch's Theories of Art

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(p.95) Chapter 3 Racial Mystique
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Jewish Identities
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Kálra Móricz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250888.003.0004

This chapter relates the story of the formation of Ernest Bloch's racially specific artistic personality by investigating how Bloch, with the help of his friend, Edmond Fleg, began his quest for a Jewish identity, and how specific concepts of race determined Bloch's artistic vision, self-identity, and reception. It traces these concepts from Wagner to Bloch by way of Bayreuth ideologue Houston Stewart Chamberlain and Bloch's friend Robert Godet, the French translator of Chamberlain's viciously anti-Semitic book The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century. Like many other Jewish intellectuals who came to accept their Jewish identity as the basis of their character and creative output, Bloch also subscribed to a wide variety of anti-Semitic beliefs.

Keywords:   Ernest Bloch, Edmond Fleg, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Robert Godet, Jewish identity, anti-Semitism

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