Maurice Samuels


On his book Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France

Cover Interview of July 04, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“I reconsider what we thought we knew about French Jewish history and literature.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The fiction of Marcel Proust perpetuates the legacy of nineteenth-century Jewish writers by asking very similar questions about what it means to be a Jew in modern France.”

On the second:

“Nineteenth-century French universalism was far less monolithic and hegemonic, far more malleable and adaptable, than has previously been supposed.”