By Bryan Cheyette
Literary critics and cultural historians have for too lengthy written the query of race out of mainstream bills of English literature. In buildings of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society Bryan Cheyette combines cultural thought, discourse research and new historicism with shut readings of works through Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling, Shaw and Wells, Belloc and Chesterton, T. S. Eliot and Joyce to argue that the Jew lies on the middle of contemporary English literature and society: now not as a stereotype, yet because the embodiment of bewilderment and indeterminacy.
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H. Super (Michigan, 1962) for Arnold's essays on Spinoza and Heine and Ruth apRoberts, Arnold and God (Berkeley, 1983), pp. 157-75 for a recent discussion of Arnold's relationship with Jews asc cultured' beings. Stefan Collini, Arnold (Oxford, 1988), pp. 77-8 usefully discusses Culture and Anarchy in relation to 'the bad civilization of the English middle class'. Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot 19 Science has now made visible to everybody the great and pregnant elements which lie in race, and in how signal a manner they make the genius and history of an Indo-European people vary from those of a Semitic people.
This critique of a universalist liberalism is demonstrated by Smith's insistence on a 'Jewish race': The secret of Lord Beaconsfield's life lies in his Jewish blood ... Certainly a century and a quarter of residence in England on the part of his ancestors and himself has left little trace on the mind and character of Lord Beaconsfield. He is in almost every essential... 3 1 2 3 G. W. E. ), Letters of Matthew Arnold 184&-1888, 2 vols. (London, 1895), 11, p. 11 and p. 33 and G. W. E. Russell, Matthew Arnold (London, 1904) pp.
470 for this astute point. Trollope's An Autobiography, pp. 1—19 is an account of his youthful social ostracism and sense of himself as an outsider. This work passim also gives ample evidence of Trollope's necessary ' commercialism' as an author. All references to Phineas Finn (London, 1869) will be taken from the Everyman edition (London, 1929) and included in the body of the text. Rebbeca Loth in Trollope's Nina Balatka, is described as 'dark, with large dark-blue eyes and jet-black tresses...