By Scott Spector
With the cave in of German-liberal cultural and political energy within the late-nineteenth-century Habsburg Empire, Prague’s bourgeois Jews discovered themselves squeezed among a growing to be Czech nationwide stream at the one hand and a racial instead of cultural belief of Germanness at the different. Displaced from the valuable social and cultural place they'd come to occupy, the contributors of the "postliberal" Kafka new release have been dazzlingly efficient and unique, some distance out of percentage to their numbers. looking a dating among ideological quandary and cultural innovation, Spector observes the emergence of latest varieties of territoriality.
He identifies 3 basic parts of cultural inventiveness with regards to this Prague circle’s political and cultural predicament. One was once Expressionism, a insurrection opposed to all limits and bounds, the second one used to be a religious kind of Zionism incorporating a singular method of Jewish identification that turns out to were at odds with the pragmatic institution of a Jewish kingdom, and the 3rd used to be a kind of cultural no-man’s-land during which translation and mediation took where of "territory." Spector’s research of those components indicates that the intensely specific, idiosyncratic event of German-speaking Jews in Prague permits entry to a lot broader and extra normal stipulations of modernity. Combining theoretical sophistication with a refreshingly unique and readable sort, Prague Territories illuminates a few early indicators of a latest main issue from which we've not but emerged.