Ces traîtres qui affament notre peuple. Argent et antisémitisme dans la « Recherche » proustienne

Marisa Verna*

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The Jewish 'question' is treated in the Recherche by way of the Dreyfus Affaire, which is not spoken of but scattered in the discourses of different characters. Definitions, opinions, even facts are, therefore, spread in the ubiquity of social instability, so that it is impossible for the reader to identify any of Proust's ideologies.In our paper we are going to check on the topic of the "rich Jew", often accused by other characters to starve the French folk: Bloch's excessive greed of success and money is for example described from both points of view of Jewish society and aristocratic Salons. On the other hand, we are going to analyze the passages in which money is the pivot of narrative action that provokes most of social shifts around the “Dreyfus Affaire”.Anti-Semitism in the Recherche is relied to economic and social patterns, and Proust confuses the issue meshing all opinions on the matter. Dreyfus' partisans are often greed, while his accusers are often more honest than their adversaries. In any case, anti-Semitism is no more grounded on the medieval culture of Charlus (Jews are the murderers of God). Contemporary anti-Semitism is described by Proust as a political, economic and social phenomenon
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] These traitors who starve our people. Money and anti-Semitism in Proustian "Research"
Lingua originaleFrench
pagine (da-a)145-156
Numero di pagine12
RivistaQuaderni di Filologia e Lingue Romanze
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Proust argent antisémitisme
  • Proust money antisemitism


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