Posts under tag: Dreyfus Affair
Professor of French and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Evlyn Gould delivered a paper at AIZEN in New Orleans, LA, called “Naturalism’s New Novel: Experiments in Teaching in Zola and Barrès.” AIZEN, the Association Internationale pour Zola et le Naturalisme, ranks as the premiere international conference venue for study of Emile Zola and Naturalism in a Global Context. As Gould’s recently authored Dreyfus and the Literature of the Third Republic features debates surrounding the establishment of free national public education in France at the time of the Dreyfus Affair, it poses enduring questions about public school curriculum. In New Orleans, this topic spawned a good deal of controversial response as professors and teachers struggled to reconcile the forces of political correctness and tradition, of technology and mass testing versus writing and the encouraging of critical thinking in today’s many cultured curriculum. The French Creole sights, smells and sounds of New Orleans’s famed French Quarter proved the perfect setting in which to debate the ongoing cultural legacies of France throughout the world.
Distinguished Professor of French Evlyn Gould has just published a book-length study on the Dreyfus Affair in the nineteenth-century French novel titled Dreyfus and the Literature of the Third Republic (McFarland & Co., 2012)
From the publisher’s website:
Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish army officer, spent twelve years from 1894 to 1906, in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. Amidst the dramatic and shifting revelations of what would come to be known throughout the world as the Dreyfus Affair, four influential authors reassessed their moral convictions on the civic questions posed by this abuse. Emile Zola, Maurice Barrès, Bernard Lazare, and Marcel Proust offered fictive articulations of response to these questions. Among them, national citizenship and the roles of secularism and public education, as well as tolerance of Jews and other immigrants to France, loom largest. The four authors considered dilemmas still unresolved in the modern democratic cultures of Europe today. Since the Dreyfus Affair coincided with Europe’s first efforts to design legislation that would separate religions and states, moreover, the writers in effect were teaching readers to negotiate individual desire and social purpose and to assess their own values as they and we all weather the winds of change blowing from Dreyfus.