Seeing Jews and Gypsies in 1753

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In the written accounts detailing the 'scandals of 1753', the Jewish Naturalization Bill and the Elizabeth Canning case, and in the images produced in their wake, Jews and Gypsies are depicted as both utterly different and terrifyingly similar to the English, their proximity and apparent indistinguishability from the English the source of their threat, the mutual imprinting or syncretic combination the source of the greatest anxiety. While the pamphlets warn of the assimilability of each group and their mutual dependence, the images emerge as the medium in which difference could be marked on the bodies, facial features and clothing of all the groups in question in an attempt to reassert and reinscribe the distinctions between them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-58
Number of pages24
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Difference
  • Eighteenth century
  • Gypsies
  • Jews
  • Race
  • Supplement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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