• Ces traîtres qui affament notre peuple. Argent et antisémitisme dans la « Recherche » proustienne

    Marisa Verna (see profile)
    Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French, LLC Francophone
    French--Social life and customs, Twenty-first century, French literature
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    antisemitism, 21st-century French culture, 21st-century French literature
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    The Jewish 'question' is treated in the Recherche by way of the Dreyfus Affaire, which is not spoken of but scattered in the discourses of different characters. Definitions, opinions, even facts are, therefore, spread in the ubiquity of social instability, so that it is impossible for the reader to identify any of Proust's ideologies.In our paper we are going to check on the topic of the "rich Jew", often accused by other characters to starve the French folk: Bloch's excessive greed of success and money is for example described from both points of view of Jewish society and aristocratic Salons. On the other hand, we are going to analyze the passages in which money is the pivot of narrative action that provokes most of social shifts around the “Dreyfus Affaire”.Anti-Semitism in the Recherche is relied to economic and social patterns, and Proust confuses the issue meshing all opinions on the matter. Dreyfus' partisans are often greed, while his accusers are often more honest than their adversaries. In any case, anti-Semitism is no more grounded on the medieval culture of Charlus (Jews are the murderers of God). Contemporary anti-Semitism is described by Proust as a political, economic and social phenomenon
    This paper was presented at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, held in New York City: March 6-8 2014 Co-organized and hosted by NYU, CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University What I upload here is the abstracts page of the journal, as the issue is to be released in few days and I am not allowed to upload the file of the text, that will be available in the market.
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