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FRENCH 499 B: Jew & Nation

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
SAV 138
Douglas Collins
Catalog Description: 
The course surveys the history and sociology of the Jews of France, their roles in philosophy, fiction and popular culture. “The Jew lives like a king in France,” such was the view within the Pale of Settlement, within the world of the eastern European shtetl, such was the claim of the French anti-Semite as well. The national experience of the Jew--a thicket of interactions of welcome and scorn. France has the world’s third largest Jewish population. And, one of the bases of new tension, it is at once possessed of Europe’s largest Muslim community. While the latter is increasing rapidly in numbers and indignation, the former is in vertiginous decline, both in numbers and national identification. Thirty years ago the country had some 650,000 Jews, but today there are about 480,000. In 2014, 7,000 Jews left France. For 2015 the number is expected to double. Topics will include the Jews in Enlightenment thought, the Revolution and the Jews, those of the July Monarchy and the Second Empire, the Dreyfus Affair and the impact of the progroms of the end of the nineteenth century, the anti-Semitism of the 1930s, World War II, “le négationisme,” etc..
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April 28, 2016 - 2:49pm