My expertise is in the history of modern France, and I am particularly interested in the interplay between this and Jewish history. I have written on theories of antisemitism, Catholics and Jews, literary representations of Jews, and more recently on Jews in French Orientalism.
I am currently writing a book, tentatively entitled ‘Orientalizing the Jew: Culture, Religion and Empire in Nineteenth-Century France.’ In ‘Orientalizing the Jew,’ I explore Jewish history in the context of Orientalism. I use pilgrimage accounts, travel writing, and records from the 1830 invasion of Algeria, all from France, to bring out the prominent role played by Jews as objects of French fascination with what they called the Orient.
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