Orientalizing The Jew: Religion, Culture, And Imperialism In Nineteenth-century France

Paperback | January 30, 2017

byJulie Kalman

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Orientalizing the Jew shows how French travelers depicted Jews in the Orient and then brought these ideas home to orientalize Jews living in their homeland during the 19th century. Julie Kalman draws on narratives, personal and diplomatic correspondence, novels, and plays to show how the "Jews of the East" featured prominently in the minds of the French and how they challenged ideas of the familiar and the exotic. Portraits of the Jewish community in Jerusalem, romanticized Jewish artists, and the wealthy Sephardi families of Algiers come to life. These accounts incite a necessary conversation about Jewish history, the history of anti-Jewish discourses, French history, and theories of Orientalism in order to broaden understandings about Jews of the day.

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Orientalizing the Jew shows how French travelers depicted Jews in the Orient and then brought these ideas home to orientalize Jews living in their homeland during the 19th century. Julie Kalman draws on narratives, personal and diplomatic correspondence, novels, and plays to show how the "Jews of the East" featured prominently in the m...

Julie Kalman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. She is author of Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 30, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253024277

ISBN - 13:9780253024275

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Within
2. Travel and Intimacy
3. The Kings of Algiers
Conclusion
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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"A well-argued, beautifully written, and intellectually stimulating investigation of representations of Middle Eastern and North African Jews by French Catholic pilgrims, writers, artists, and bureaucrats over the 19th century. Julie Kalman's account blurs the lines between 'here' and 'there' and challenges the binaries that have become wound into the Orientalizing construct." -Maud Mandel, author of Muslims and Jews in France