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The Aesthetics of HateFar-Right Intellectuals, Antisemitism, and Gender in 1930s France$
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Sandrine Sanos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774574.001.0001

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“Negroid Jews Against White Men”

“Negroid Jews Against White Men”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline and the Politics of Literature

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The Aesthetics of Hate
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This chapter analyzes the works of novelist Louis–Ferdinand Céline. Céline is a celebrated icon of the French literary canon. He published two anti-Semitic pamphlets—Bagatelles pour un massacre and L'école des cadavers—which led to his association with far-right pundits who had railed against the Popular Front, parliamentary democracy, and the decadence of modernity. While he never joined any political parties, his unabashed racist anti-Semitism, collaborationist activities, and self-proclaimed disgust with the French nation led to his inclusion at the end of the Vichy regime on the list of writers who had collaborated and must be “purged.” By then, though, Céline had fled France. When he returned in 1951, he resumed publishing novels—D'un château l'autre (1957), Nord (1960), and Guignols' Band II (1964), among others—that have since come to be considered among the greatest he ever wrote.

Keywords:   Louis–Ferdinand Céline, novelist, far-right, anti-Semitism, French nation, novels, pamplets

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