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Writing OccupationJewish Émigré Voices in Wartime France$
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Julia Elsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613676

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613676.001.0001

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Jewish Émigré Writers and the French Language

Jewish Émigré Writers and the French Language

(p.1) Introduction Jewish Émigré Writers and the French Language
Writing Occupation

Julia Elsky

Stanford University Press

This chapter provides the historical and theoretical context of the book. It investigates Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to France during the interwar period, and it traces the experiences of Jewish émigré writers in France from the interwar period through the Occupation. It places these authors within a new category of European Francophonie as a form of linguistic resistance to their rejection from French letters during the war. The writers in this book employed literary strategies, including multilingualism, heteroglossia, and transcription of accents in ways that blur the boundaries of belonging within national borders and within national languages, as well as the boundaries between Jewish and secular language.

Keywords:   Vichy, Occupied France, Jewish bilingualism, Francophonie, world literature, Yiddish, universalism, immigration

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