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Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France

Maurice Samuels


This book brings to light little-known works of literature produced from 1830 to 1870 by the first generation of Jews born as French citizens. These writers, it asserts, used fiction as a laboratory to experiment with new forms of Jewish identity relevant to the modern world, and, in their stories and novels, responded to the stereotypical depictions of Jews in French culture while creatively adapting the forms and genres of the French literary tradition. They also offered innovative solutions to the central dilemmas of Jewish modernity in the French context—including how to reconcile their id ... More

Keywords: Jewish fiction, nineteenth-century France, Jewish identity, French culture, French literary tradition, Jewish modernity, orthodoxy, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804763844
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Samuels, author