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Strangers and Sojourners: Jewish Identity in Contemporary Francophone Fiction

Book Title

Strangers and Sojourners: Jewish Identity in Contemporary Francophone Fiction

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Publication Date

1999

Series Title

Francophone Cultures and Literatures

Publisher

Peter Lang Publishing

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Keywords

French fiction, Jews, Jewish fiction

Subject

French fiction -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism, French fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism, Jews -- France -- Intellectual life, Jewish fiction -- History and criticism, Jews in literature.

Department

Sociology

Disciplines

Modern Languages

Description

Strangers and Sojourners demonstrates that there is a distinctive French Jewish literature today, characterized not by its authors' common nationality, but by their identification with a Jewish collectivity and with French language and culture. The six authors in this study, Memmi, Wiesel, Schwarz-Bart, Perec, Modiano, and Jacques, all writing after Auschwitz, engage in a quest for a modern Jewish consciousness. Torn between the opposing pulls of Judaism and French cultural values, they exhibit their tension and ambivalent feelings through the themes and structure of their fiction, and in their ambiguous relationship with the French language.

Comments

Department name changed from Modern Languages 9/1/2013.

ISBN

FBC122

Document Type

Article

Strangers and Sojourners: Jewish Identity in Contemporary Francophone Fiction

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