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Lou Charnon-Deutsch received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught her entire career at the State University of New York-Stony Brook. She is hte author of six books and co-editor of two others primarily on aspects of literature and culture of nineteenth-century Spain, and has published more than 40 essays. Her current book focuses on Jews, Jesuits and questions of racism in nineteenth-century Spain.
Her talk is entitled Of Jews and Jesuits: Tales of Perfidy in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. A radicalized vision of good and evil characterizes most conspiracy theories but the signifiers of good and evil are especially prone to inversion. Looking back at the anti-Jesuit Monita secreta hoax and forward to the anti-Jewish Protocols of the Elders of Zion hoax, this talk explores interchangeable stereotypes in European conspiracy fiction. It focuses especially on how hate circulated in two anti-Jesuit and two anti-Jewish novels written in the mid-nineteenth century that used the figure of the "Wandering Jew" as a narrative hook.
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