In the Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew

July 1, 2013|
In the Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew by Norman Simms
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From the very moment Alfred Dreyfus was placed under arrest for treason and espionage, his entire world was turned upside down, and for the next five years he lived in what he called a phantasmagoria. To keep himself sane, Dreyfus wrote letters to and received letters from his wife Lucie and exercised his intellect through reading the few books and magazines his censors allowed him, writing essays on these and other texts he had read in the past, and working out problems in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. He practiced his English and created strange drawings his prison wardens called architectural or kabbalistic signs. In this volume, Norman Simms explores how Dreyfus kept himself from exploding into madness by reading his essays carefully, placing them in the context of his century, and extrapolating from them the hidden recesses of the Jewish Alsatian background he shared with the Dreyfus family and Lucie Hadamard.
Norman Simms (PhD Washington University) is associate professor in the department of humanties and English at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He is the author of Festival of Laughter, Blood and Justice in Biblical and Classica Literature, 2007, Marranos on the Moradas: Secret Jews and Penitentes in the Southwestern ...
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Title:In the Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:350 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:350 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 in
Published:July 1, 2013
Publisher:Academic Studies Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781618112361

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