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Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0823231429
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"Timely and provocative, this book will interest anyone who wants to understand why we continue to think about the question of who's a Jew and what this has to do with Sigmund Freud."—Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

"Amazingly detailed and precise. Racial Fever offers a vivid survey of the debate triggered by Freud's decision to call Moses an Egyptian. We needed a new approach to the controversy and Slavet's original intervention does this brilliantly, with unerring flair and insight."—Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania

"Eliza Slavet offers a brilliant reading of Freud's Moses and Monotheism as the prism with which to view modern Jewish ideas of race and inherited identity. By situating Freud's last book in this larger field, she sheds new light on how Jews have struggled to define a Jewishness that is beyond religion. Stylistically riveting, Racial Fever makes a major contribution to modern Jewish history, cultural studies and European intellectual history."—David Biale, author of Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians

"Eliza Slavet has opened a most surprising and ground-breaking window on the much debated question of the unconscious in cultural memory. Perhaps it required not only a great scholar but also a young woman and an artist to write this lucid and passionate book for which we have been waiting since Yerushalmi's and Derrida's debate on Freud and Judaism in the early 90s."—Jan Assmann, author of Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

"Racial Fever is part of a now venerable tradition of scholarship that engages with the history and accomplishments of the psychoanalytic movement. Slavet is fair in her assessments of rival scholars, pointed and eloquent in how her own interpretations differ from or overlap with those of others, and has followed up every available lead to document her arguments."—Robert Nye, Oregon State University

"Slavet's sympathetic approach to Freud's exploration of the origins of race is audacious, and she asks questions that are still relevant despite, or because of, their very toxicity."-- Harper's Magazine (Oct. 2009)

About the Author


ELIZA SLAVET received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823231429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823231423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Goldberger on March 29, 2010
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It is a thoroughly documented overview of the array of commentary on Moses and Monotheism by an author solidly grounded in psychoanalytic theory and as well as Judaic studies, not to mention her other credentials in literature and the arts. While the focus remains the complexity of Freud's conception of "Jewishness," its transmission and endurance, it is the concept of "race" -- distinct from the abhorrent Nazis conception of "racism"-- that takes center stage. At the core is the question, What does it mean to be "Jewish?" that permeates Ms. Slavet's engrossing and far-ranging cornucopia of comment concerning Freud's final book.

Leo Goldberger, emeritus professor of psychology, New York University
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This is a daring and insightful book about Freud and his last book Moses and Monotheism. It is startlingly original in its insights and incisively written.
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this book is very clearly written and raises an important question that deserves to be reviewed over and over again by each generation
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