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FCS 290H1F
Special Topics in FCS I: Contemporary French Jewry


P. Bovy


This interdisciplinary course presents the situation of contemporary French Jews, using recent events in the news (principally the 2015 attacks) as a starting point. This course covers the demographics and politics of the current French Jewish population. From that overview, it moves on to the cultural, intellectual, and religious life of French Jewry. While the focus is on the vast majority of French Jews who are staying put in France, the course also addresses French Jewish emigration to Israel and elsewhere, looking both at the figures and the coverage. The course situates contemporary French Jewry in the context both of French Jewish history and of contemporary France.

Required texts: 1) Book, Paula Hyman, The Jews of Modern France; 2) Electronic course reader

Film: Karin Albou, “La Petite Jérusalem” (2005);

Press (including but not limited to): Jeffrey Goldberg, “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?” (The Atlantic, 2015):; Natasha Lehrer, “The Threat to France’s Jews” (The Guardian, 2015):; Joan Nathan, “French Twist” (Tablet, 2012):

Assignments and evaluation: Paper #1, 3-4 pages: 20%; Midterm exam, 20%; Paper #2, 4-5 pages: 20%; Final test: 30%; Overall Assessment: 10%.

Prerequisite: None.


This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)