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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001

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Imaginary Jews and Jewish Imagination

Imaginary Jews and Jewish Imagination

(p.251) Imaginary Jews and Jewish Imagination
Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Ezra Mendelsohn

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the writings of the French Jewish critic Alain Finkielkraurt called The Imaginary Jew. Finkielkraut is the son of Polish immigrants to France who gradually became disconcerted by left-wing insensitivity to Jewish concerns and by attacks on Israel. The chapter describes Imaginary Jew as a book of occasionally perspicacious insight and one which touches the raw, exposed nerves of a modern, secular Jew.

Keywords:   French Jewish critic, Alain Finkielkraut, The Imaginary Jew, left-wing insensitivity, Jewish concerns, Israel, secular Jew

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