French and Jewish

Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early-Twentieth Century France

Nadia Malinovich

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ISBN: 9781906764258

Publication: December 8, 2011

Series: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

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Nadia Malinovich is Associate Professor of American Studies at the Université de Picardie–Jules Vernes and also teaches modern Jewish history at the Institut d’Études 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 Judaic Studies at New York University.

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Introduction
1 Setting the Stage: Jewish Identity in the Nineteenth Century and the Impact of the Dreyfus Affair
2 The Beginnings of a French Jewish Literature
3 Between Religion and Ethnicity: Zionism and Reform Judaism before the First World War
4 The First World War and the Shifting Landscape of French Jewry
5 Enlivening the Public Sphere: Jewish Sociability in the 1920s
6 Press Culture, Art, Music, the Inter-Faith Movement, and Debates on the Significance of the Renaissance Itself
7 Jewish Literature in France, 1920 - 1932
8 Reshaping Franco-Judaism, 1920 - 1932
Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

'Well written, thoroughly researched, and engaging ... It is the first systematic consideration of what the renaissance of French Jewish culture actually was, and the combination of social history and cultural studies is deftly handled; this is not just a study of elites and their ideas. The approach to the cultural influence of Zionism is particularly nuanced, and the case for the development in this period of an openly ethnic component to French Jewish identity is effectively argued ... contributes to French as well as French Jewish history while also consciously participating in a larger discourse about Jewish identity in the modern world.'
Paula E. Hyman, Yale University
 

'Illuminating ... well researched, persuasively argued, and thought-provoking. Scholars of the Jews of France and of modern Jewish history more broadly should read it with great interest for years to come.'
Ethan Katz, H-Judaic

'Does much to right a wrong-headed view of French Jewry as a community always under siege.'
Mitchell Abidor, Jewish Currents

'Rich discussion of Zionist, religious, and other cultural formulations.'
Sanford Gutman, Shofar

 'Insightful ... thoughtful ... Perhaps future works, building on the literature that Malinovich has significantly enriched will be in a position to address the Jewish renaissance of the interwar years from a wider transnational perspective.'
Ari Joskowicz, Studies in Contemporary Jewry

'An important contribution . . . In terms of research Malinovich has brought together a large body of material and displays impressive, intimate knowledge of both literary and organizational sources. She also does an admirable job of tying these sources to the larger context of Jewish and French history . . . Nadia Malinovich has provided vital information to scholars wishing to trace the development and boundaries of Jewish identity in France. By illuminating a period that has escaped recent scholarly attention, she enhances our ability to understand the broader contours of French Jewish Society.'
Jeffrey Haus, H-French

'Well written, thoroughly researched, and engaging ... It is the first systematic consideration of what the renaissance of French Jewish culture actually was, and the combination of social history and cultural studies is deftly handled; this is not just a study of elites and their ideas. The approach to the cultural influence of Zionism is particularly nuanced, and the case for the development in this period of an openly ethnic component to French Jewish identity is effectively argued ... contributes to French as well as French Jewish history while also consciously participating in a larger discourse about Jewish identity in the modern world.'
Paula E. Hyman, Yale University


 

Format: Paperback

Edition: New edition

Size: 235 × 155 × 15 mm

292 Pages

8 B&W illustrations

ISBN: 9781906764258

Publication: December 8, 2011

Series: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

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