Imaginary Jews and Jewish Imagination

Ezra Mendelsohn

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

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Imaginary Jews and Jewish Imagination

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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

Chapter.  3991 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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