This is a collection of, admittedly, narrow themed essays about German-Jewish Literature.
Reitter admits, up front, that his graduate degree in German Studies isn't very marketable and that writing a book like this was one of his best career options that matches his genuine interest in getting his dissertation to the public eye. I thank Reitter for adding this to the preface because it helped put my mind in the proper mode for reading what followed.
Though Reitter said this was intended to not be an academic work, throughout the reading I was continually grateful that I had a background in philosophy. The essays in this book read like philosophers critiquing other philosophers for their techniques, their findings, their faults and their successes. The vocabulary, as well, seems geared towards academics. Almost every essay had me reaching for the dictionary.
That being said, I feel that this book would be beneficial to a course on German-Jewish Studies or Literary Criticism. Graduate or Undergraduate I'm not sure. But it is well written and definitely well researched. If you are at all interested in literary criticism or German-Jewish literature, I do recommend it. 3.5 Hoots!
*This book was provided on Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. This has no affect on my review.