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Is Theory Good for the Jews?: French Thought and the Challenge of the New Antisemitism

Bruno Chaouat

Abstract

For at least fifteen years, any keen observer of European society has been aware that antisemitism is no longer a matter of racial theory, nationalism, or exclusion of the “other.” While in the past antisemites saw Jews as all too modern “rootless cosmopolitans” today's European antisemitism construes them as obsolete precisely because they are attached to their roots, their land, their community, their origin. The Jews are now perceived as a reactionary force that hinders the progress of humankind toward multiculturalism, understood as the peaceful, infinitely enriching coexistence of ethnici ... More

Keywords: Anti-Semitism old and new, Postwar and contemporary French thought and literary theory, Post-Holocaust and postcolonial memory, Jews and Jewishness as trope, Multidirectional memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781781383346
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383346.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruno Chaouat, author
University of Minnesota