Orientalizing the Jew

Orientalizing the Jew : Religion, Culture, and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century France

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Orientalizing the Jew shows how French travelers depicted Jews in the Orient and then brought these ideas home to orientalize Jews living in their homeland during the 19th century. Julie Kalman draws on narratives, personal and diplomatic correspondence, novels, and plays to show how the "Jews of the East" featured prominently in the minds of the French and how they challenged ideas of the familiar and the exotic. Portraits of the Jewish community in Jerusalem, romanticized Jewish artists, and the wealthy Sephardi families of Algiers come to life. These accounts incite a necessary conversation about Jewish history, the history of anti-Jewish discourses, French history, and theories of Orientalism in order to broaden understandings about Jews of the day.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10.92mm | 18g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253024277
  • 9780253024275
  • 1,274,260

Table of contents

1. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Within
2. Travel and Intimacy
3. The Kings of Algiers
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Review quote

Kalman's book represents a valuable contribution to the growing historical scholarship of Jews in the French colonies. By focusing on aspects of pre-colonial contact between French travelers and the Jews they encountered, her research deepens our understanding of the multiple levels on which Orientalism operated. * H-France *
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About Julie Kalman

Julie Kalman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. She is author of Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France.
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