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One of several paradoxes of the Wandering Jew legend--that he remains cursed despite conversion--reflects this anti-Jewish temporality.
Although the Citizen's identification of Bloom with the wandering Jew might seem a relic of medieval Jew-baiting, it actually conforms closely to twentieth-century anti-Semitism.
As folklorist Rudolf Glanz has noted, the motif of the wandering Jew gained a popularity in the United States "altogether unmatched in its European counterpart" (106-107).
This situation and these problems, which have accompanied the new wandering Jew for the past two centuries, are spectacularly exhibited in the life and work of Heinrich Heine.
Yet surprisingly, the origin of the phrase Wandering Jew has little to do with peripatetic Semites.
Adolf Leschnitzer notes that whereas in most European countries the legend of the wandering Jew--the Wandering Jew, le juif errant, Juan Espera en Dios, Ebreo errante--is traditional and well known, it was recoded early--in 1694--in German-speaking lands as the saga of the "eternal Jew.
However, the Propaganda Ministry's The Wandering Jew, as a purported historical overview, offered a racist interpretation of Jews as rootless parasites that was characteristically Nazi.
The story of the Wandering Jew might be a myth, but he symbolises his race - forced to flee their homes and wander from Biblical times, through all the centuries since.
In Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh depicts the esurient Anthony Blanche, modeled on Harold Acton and Brian Howard, as a mysterious creature, who, we are informed, carries with him the burden of the Wandering Jew.
They want us to live the experience of the Wandering Jew, detached from our reality and our history, with slogans derived from the American empire in one of its greatest phases of decline.
I love this metaphor, which brings together words used for others, the wandering Jew and the stateless or displaced person.
And the wandering Jew of Hollywood would wander no more," Hoffman said.