J’accuse: Dreyfus in Our Time
The Dreyfus Affair was an important chapter not just in French history but in the history of the West, and of the Jews. For some, it is an inspiring story of justice and truth triumphing over bigotry and lies; for others, a cautionary tale about the perils of unbridled nationalism. For still others, it marks the end of the affair with Europe, and the need for a Jewish homeland. What lessons can we learn today from the Dreyfus Affair, and how does the affair speak to the present, when Jewish identity has become so entangled – and often dangerously conflated – with Israel and the Holocaust? Jacqueline Rose offers a probing and original interpretation of Dreyfus, while also reflecting on what the affair tells us about the tasks of the intellectual, and the meaning of Jewish identity, in our own time.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull prevented Jacqueline Rose from delivering this lecture at the Asia Society in New York on 21 April as planned; it was instead broadcast from a studio in London. A version of the lecture appears in printed form in the LRB of 10 June.
The other events in this series are also available to watch online. Obama’s War: a lecture by Tariq Ali; The Author in the Age of the Internet: a panel discussion featuring John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm Tóibín, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood.