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Dr. Lou Charnon Deutsch, Stony Brook University
Going Global: Unmasking the Conspiracies of Jews and Jesuits in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
In Umerto Eco's recent novel The Prague Cemetery (2011) nineteenth-century antisemitic rhetoric rises like an oily plume to the surface of the narration where it mixes with antijesiut stereotypes to form a nauseating mass of hatred that Eco exploited to the good in his labyrinthine tale. This talk explores a group of stereotypes such as those Eco revisited that in the nineteenth century became what Sarah Ahmed has termed "sticky" signs that through repetition attributed hateful properties to whole groups. It will focus on several streams of this hate mongering in French, Italian, and especially Spanish conspiracy novels that endeavored to unmask the world ambitions of Jews and Jesuits.
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