For Research. For Berlin.

The literary scholars Andreas Kraß (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Tamar Hess, together with historian Moshe Sluhovsky (both Hebrew University Jerusalem), argue that between 1890 and 1945 a new literary canon came into being, which they describe as “Jewish Homosexual Modernism“. They propose that modern Hebrew literature, being shaped by the German modernist canon, participated in the construction and dissemination of this Jewish Homosexual canon of modernism. In their research project, the scholars will investigate the entanglement of Judaism and homosexuality from the point of views both of the self-image and the public image. In doing so, they want to explore the influence of this entanglement – often based on antisemitic and homophobic ideas – on European Modernism. The research project aims to extend the knowledge of Jewish-German literature and to propose new ways of reading literary modernism.

Funding period:
01/2020 - 12/2022


Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für deutsche Literatur

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

T: +49(0)30-2093-9711

M: andreas.krass(at)


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cooperation partner: Hebrew University Jerusalem