Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08)

Wolf AB (2021)
Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 57(2): 97-113.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Starting from existing scholarship on the relationship among masculinity, sexuality, and Jewishness in the German-language cultural sphere, this article analyzes the connection between antisemitism and homophobia in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s fin-de-siècle novel Prinz Kuckuck. By tracing the respective paths of the Jewish protagonist and his male homosexual counterpart, the article elaborates on the specific versions of Jewishness and male homosexuality that Bierbaum’s novel creates. It can be shown that the novel exposes both the Jewish and the homosexual character as deficient and harmful. The novel, however, does not restrict itself to mere parallelization but establishes an intrinsic connection between the Jewish and the male homosexual character by integrating homosexual codes into the Jew’s “parasitic” repertoire. The article concludes by offering an explanation of this connection that draws on Moishe Postone’s critique of modern antisemitism. Antisemitism and homophobia are shown as two complementary and intrinsically connected ways of dealing with two dimensions of the experience of modernity: capitalism and social contingency.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
Band
57
Ausgabe
2
Seite(n)
97-113
ISSN
0037-1939
eISSN
1911-026X
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955221

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Wolf AB. Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08). Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 2021;57(2):97-113.
Wolf, A. B. (2021). Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08). Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 57(2), 97-113. https://doi.org/10.3138/seminar.57.2.1
Wolf, A. B. (2021). Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08). Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 57, 97-113.
Wolf, A.B., 2021. Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08). Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 57(2), p 97-113.
A.B. Wolf, “Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08)”, Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, vol. 57, 2021, pp. 97-113.
Wolf, A.B.: Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08). Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 57, 97-113 (2021).
Wolf, Aaron Benedikt. “Homophobia and Antisemitism in Otto Julius Bierbaum’s <i>Prinz Kuckuck</i> (1907/08)”. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 57.2 (2021): 97-113.

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