Revising Dreyfus


In Revising Dreyfus, contributors from a wide variety of disciplines (art history, film, media, theater, sociology, history) offer new ways of understanding the ever-evolving meanings of the Dreyfus Affair. Although the Dreyfusards led the way in explicating the nuances of the Affair in lengthy treatises, the anti-Dreyfusards far outstripped their opponents on the graphic front, particularly through print media, photographs, postcards, broadsides, films, illustrated journal covers, and the plastic arts. Revising Dreyfus traces the dominant modes of “seeing” the Dreyfus Affair, often in opposition to “reading” the Affair in three major contexts: French, Zionist, and American.
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Biographical Note

Maya Balakirsky Katz is Associate Professor of Art History at Touro College and on the faculty of Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies. She has written on the intersection of religious identity and media in essay collections, exhibition catalogs, and encyclopedias, as well as journals, such as AJS Review, Jewish Social Studies, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Modern Judaism, and Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Most recently, she authored the book The Visual Culture of Chabad.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Revision of Dreyfus in Historical Perspective Maya Balakirsky Katz Chapter 1: The Dreyfus Affair and Its Images Henri Mitterand Chapter 2: The Dreyfus Affair as National Theater Venita Datta Chapter 3: French Jewish Identity in the Wake of the Dreyfus Affair, 1898-1931: The Story of Edmond Fleg Sally Charnow Chapter 4: Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Nineteenth-Century Blogger Maya Balakirsky Katz Chapter 5: Let’s Go! Contemporary History Narrated and Drawn [1898] Henri-Gabriel Ibels Chapter 6: Henri-Gabriel Ibels, the Jews, and the Francization of the Dreyfus Affair Zvi Jonathan Kaplan Chapter 7: Line and Shadow: Envisioning Anti-Dreyfusism in Psst…! Elizabeth Everton Chapter 8: John Grand-Carteret, A Historian of the Dreyfus Affair Through Caricature? Bertrand Tillier Chapter 9: Impressionist Circle, Before and After the Dreyfus Affair Batsheva Goldman Ida Chapter 10: The Dreyfus Affair in Early Zionist Culture Jess Olson Chapter 11: Postcards from the Dreyfus Affair: Mass media and Modern Antisemitism Brigitte Sion Chapter 12: Exhibiting Dreyfus in America: The New York Jewish Museum and the Soviet Jewry Movement Maya Balakirsky Katz Chapter 13: History and Human Conscience: An American Collection of the Dreyfus Affair Lorraine Beitler


Students of French history, Jewish Studies, and art history will find Revising Dreyfus an important resource.