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Michael Ragussis employs Harringt01z to illustrate both the ongoing negotiation throughout the nineteenth century between British national identity and Jewish Emancipation, and the oppressively powerful nature of conversion as 'the literary and cultural master trope by which Jewish identity is represented and regulated' (Figures: 86). Susan Manly similarly classifies Harrington as 'an interrogation of Englishness and English liberties' ('Burke': 154) that 'reflects on Burke's Reflections' (153) and exposes the complicity of British print culture and xenophobic politics in fostering anti-Semitism.

At his most treacherous, this jewish figure threatens to enact a ritual to restore a primal unity by way of consuming his Christian offspring, an act that annihilates that offspring's autonomy. Despite his semiotic transformation in the face of socio-cultural change and the concurrent shifts in the nature of anti-Semitism, this theological relationship remains fundamental (Freedman, Temple: 59, Poliakov: 397). joel Porte's displacement theory may be fruitfully brought to bear on the bad conscience associated with the Wandering Jew.

16 As Maggie Kilgour has illustrated, the Gothic The Contested Enlightenment, the Contested Castle 27 played an 'important part in the development of both political and literary nationalism' by 'recovering a native English literary tradition' that placed Shakespeare at its foundation (Rise: 13); however, it also became part of 'the battery of discursive and representational practices which define, legitimate, or valorize a specific nation-state or individuals as members of a nation-state' (During: 138).

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