Samuels, Maurice

Nina Davenport

Maurice Samuels is Professor of French at Yale University.  He was born in Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  In addition to Inventing the Israelite:  Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France, featured in his Rorotoko interview, he is the author of The Spectacular Past:  Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell, 2004).  His Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature Reader (Stanford, forthcoming 2011), co-edited with Jonathan Hess and Nadia Valman, will feature many of the novels and short stories discussed in Inventing the Israelite in his own translations.  Currently, Samuels is working on French Philosemitism, or positive discourse on Jews, from the Revolution to the present.

On Rorotoko:

On his book Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France
(Our Cover Feature of July 04, 2010)