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Updated Up To 26/06/2018
Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2015) : 111-135
Confronting the “Jewish Type”
Israel Zangwill, Composite and Mirror Photography
Amanda Kaye Sharick
Rubric A: Divided Loyalties
Rubric B: Jewish Issues



The article considers Israel Zangwill’s Children of the Ghetto through the lens of two late-nineteenth century photographic techniques: hinged-mirror and composite photography. These two techniques, each of which played a role in Zangwill’s personal life, can help to reframe Zangwill’s personal and literary struggles with representations of Jewish identity that were confined to notions of “types,” or stereotypes, of race and ethnicity. The article traces Zangwill’s overall discomfort with what it terms the “composite photographic logic of liberalism,” a logic that predicated tolerance on the radical assimilation of Jewish difference and reinforced institutional practices of Anglicization, especially in London’s East End Ghetto.

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