Yale University
Martin Gruss Fellowship

Research Topic

Metaphors of Modernity: Jews in French Literature, 1830-1870


Maurice Samuels is the Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French at Yale University, where he founded the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism and chairs the Program in Judaic Studies. He is the author of three previous books on the literature and culture of nineteenth-century France, and is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.  

Selected publications

  • The Betrayal of the Duchess (Basic Books, 2020)

  • The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

  • Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France (Stanford University Press, 2009)



Meditating on modern Jewish literature in its entirety and all its methods of study.