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Author Samuels, Maurice.

Title Inventing the Israelite : Jewish fiction in nineteenth-century France / Maurice Samuels.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  843.709892404 SAMU    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture.
Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Out of the archive -- 1. Romantic exoticism : Eugenie Foa and the dilemmas of assimilation -- 2. Between realism and idealism : Ben-Levi and the reformist impulse -- 3. A conservative renegade : Ben Baruch and neo-orthodoxy -- 4. Village tales : Alexandre Weill and mosaic monotheism -- 5. Ghetto fiction : Daniel Stauben, David Schornstein, and the uses of the Jewish past -- Conclusion. Proust's progenitors.
Summary "In this book, Maurice Samuels brings to light a series of little-known works of literature produced from 1830 to 1870 by the first generation of Jews born as French citizens. These writers, Samuels asserts, used fiction as a laboratory to experiment with new forms of Jewish identity relevant to the modern world. In their stories and novels, they responded to the stereotypical depictions of Jews in French culture while creatively adapting the forms and genres of the French literary tradition. They also offered innovative solutions to the central dilemmas of Jewish modernity in the French context - including the question of how to reconcile their particular identities as Jews with the universalizing demands of the French revolutionary tradition." "The solutions these authors advocate range from complete assimilation to a modern brand of orthodoxy. But while the form and content of their fiction varied greatly, these writers collectively illustrate the creativity of a community in the face of unprecedented upheaval. Moreover, as the first examples of "ethnic fiction" in French, their writing offers a unique historical perspective on some of the central problems facing France today, such as the effort to reconcile religious values with public life and the place of minorities within French culture."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject French fiction -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Judaism and literature -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Jews in literature.
ISBN 9780804763844 (cloth : alk. paper)