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Inventing the IsraeliteJewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France$
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Maurice Samuels

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763844

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763844.001.0001

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Conclusion: Proust's Progenitors

Conclusion: Proust's Progenitors

(p.239) Conclusion: Proust's Progenitors
Inventing the Israelite
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This chapter focuses on the undeniable presence of Jewishness in Marcel Proust's fiction, including his novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time (1913–1927), considered by many to be the greatest single work in all of French literature. A number of prominent historians and literary critics, from Hannah Arendt to Julia Kristeva, Pericles Lewis, Henri Raczymow, and Eve Kosovsky Sedgwick, have explored Proust's complicated and contradictory scrutiny of Jews and Judaism. Proust's representation of Jewishness has become an important source for understanding the history of Jews in France. The Recherche offers an account of events that are relevant to French Jews, including the Dreyfus affair, the Jewish struggles for social acceptance, and the Jews' fight against antisemitism.

Keywords:   Jewishness, Marcel Prous, Lost Time, French literature, French Jews, France, Judaism, Dreyfus affair, antisemitism

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