‘Francophone Jewish Writers: Imagining Israel’ considers the differing emotional investments in Israel of, on the one hand, Jews physically domiciled in Israel and, on the other hand, diasporic Jews living outside Israel for whom the country nonetheless forms a central point of affect. The book’s purpose is to trace how these two types of investment are represented by francophone Jewish writers. Israel is at once a problematic geopolitical reality in international politics and a salient topos within Jewish cultural imaginaries that transcend national boundaries. However, it has often been claimed that Israel has a “special” relationship with France, which until 1967 was its greatest ally.  Read more……

Lucille Cairns is Professor of French at the University of Durham, and author of numerous articles and chapters on French women’s writing and filmmaking, male and female homosexuality in French literature and film, and Franco-Jewish writing, as well as of six sole-authored monographs.