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Wharton - 1 - Freedman, Jonathan. The Temple of Culture – Assimilation and Anti- Semitism in Literary Anglo-America . Oxford University Press. 2000. Jonathan Freedman has been a professor at the University of Michigan since 1991. In 2001, Professor Freedman was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. He has also be awarded a Michigan Humanities Award and fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. In his book, The Temple of Culture – Assimilation and Anti- Semitism in Literary Anglo-America , Jonathan Freedman focuses on the paradox that Jews in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries were of great importance to cultural critics and novelists, which surpasses the influence of actual Jews. Freedman uses the works of three authors, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, and Henry James to examine this paradox. Matthew Arnold was an English writer during the 19 th century who had a great impact on the cultural views of Jewishness. In a letter to his mother, Arnold describes his work, "My poems represent, on the whole, the main movement of mind of the last quarter of a century… I have less poetic sentiment than Tennyson, and less intellectual vigour and abundance than Browning… I have more perhaps of a fusion of the two than either of them" (Arnold, Matthew). Freedman describes Matthew Arnold as one of the most influential literary and cultural
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Wharton - 2 - critics of nineteenth-century England. In The Temple of Culture , Freedman writes, “Arnold is no less important… for the way he
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