French and Jewish: Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early-twentieth Century France by Nadia MalinovichFrench and Jewish: Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early-twentieth Century France by Nadia Malinovich

French and Jewish: Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early-twentieth Century France

byNadia Malinovich

Paperback | December 22, 2011

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This study of Jewish cultural innovation in early twentieth-century France highlights the complexity and ambivalence of Jewish identity and self-definition in the modern world. Following the Dreyfus affair, French Jews increasingly began to question how Jewishness should be defined in asociety where Jews enjoyed full political equality. Writers who had previously not given voice to their Jewish origins began to explore biblical themes, traditional Jewish folklore, and issues of identity and assimilation. A plethora of new journals focusing on Jewish religion, history, and culturecame into being, as did a multitude of associations - literary societies, youth groups, religious organizations - that emphasized Jewish distinctiveness Nadia Malinovich explores this blossoming of Jewish cultural life in France, often described by contemporaries as a Jewish "renaissance" or"awakening". Describing and analysing the emergence of new forms of Jewish associational life, she shows that the interface between the various groups was as important as the differences between them: it was the process of debate and dialogue that infused new energy into French Jewish identity andculture.She similarly analyses the Jewish press and literature to develop a typology of themes, providing a panoramic view of how Jewish identity and culture were discussed and debated among Jews and non-Jews of varying ideological, cultural, and political orientations. Her analysis also provides a vantagepoint from which to explore the complex ways in which French national identity was re-negotiated in the early twentieth century. During this period, French Jews in effect reshaped the category of Frenchness itself, and in so doing created new possibilities for being both French and Jewish. This is astimulating and original book that makes a major contribution to our understanding of modern Jewish history as well as to the history of the Jews in France and to the larger discourse about Jewish identities in the modern world.
Nadia Malinovich is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Amiens and also teaches modern Jewish history at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris. She completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan and subsequently held a Dorot Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Hebrew and J...
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Title:French and Jewish: Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early-twentieth Century FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1906764255

ISBN - 13:9781906764258

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