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AS301 --- Emile Zola, Social Activist in the Dreyfus Affair: “J’accuse!”

  • 30 Sep 2014
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
  • 12


Tuesday, September 30th

Emile Zola, 

Social Activist in the Dreyfus Affair: 


Seminar by Kris Jouanne

At the height of his literary career, just when Emil Zola was ready to kick back and enjoy the fruits of his labor, a massive injustice came to his attention: Alfred Dreyfus had been convicted of treason, not because he was guilty but because he was Jewish and because it was expedient. Before this event, Zola had been a casual anti-Semite, like many French intellectuals, but the outrageousness of this injustice shook him, moved him and called him to action:at great personal and professional risk and peril, he wrote “J’accuse” and threw himself into battle.  Ultimately he was successful, but at what cost?

Instructor:  Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD at the University of Iowa in French literature.  Her dissertation was entitled “Food and Eating in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Series.”  She has been living in France for several years working as an English language professor and language coach for professionals, and also as a translator.  Her schools include: Sciences-po, Ensad (les Arts-Déco) and Skema Business School.  Her most recent publication was an essay on Irish author Fitz-James O’Brien and the Dred Scott decision published in the anthology, Seeing the Unseen (The Onslaught Press).

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