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Dorian Bell
Regents of the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA 92617-3066)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2011 – 10/31/2012

Frontiers of Hate: Anti-Semitism and Empire in 19th-Century France

The book project for which I seek NEH support traces the intertwined histories of anti-Semitism and empire in modern France. Drawing on a body of anti-Semitic newspapers, treatises, and novels, as well as on representations of colonial empire, I argue that French colonial expansion helped French anti-Semitism adopt the political, racializing guise that would haunt the twentieth century. I propose that, conversely, anti-Semitism contributed to the imperial project's ideological elaboration and public acceptance. By chronicling how these mutual reconfigurations often took place within literature--and in ways, I suggest, not elsewhere possible--the book provides new models for investigating the ever-unsteady borderland between cultural representations and material realities. It also places into conversation scholarship on anti-Semitism and imperialism in order to gain fresh perspective on how circulations between metropole and colony shaped the emergence of modern European racial thought.