Between Populist Anti-intellectualism and Leftist Messianism: An Interview with Bruno Chaouat

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In this interview, Bruno Chaouat discusses Donald Trump, anti-Americanism, the tradition of laïcité, the preoccupation with safe spaces in American higher education, the impact of French literary theory on the American academy, the reception of Critical Race Theory in France, French intellectual antisemitism, and other topics. He criticizes recent developments in French and American theory while also highlighting some of the promising new developments in French literary scholarship as practiced both in France and the US. Throughout the interview, Chaouat articulates the shortcomings of current ideologies on the Right and Left and the need for independent thinking about contemporary social problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2 2021

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  • Anti-Americanism
  • Antisemitism
  • Critical Race Theory
  • French Republicanism
  • Judith Butler Michel Foucault
  • Laïcité
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Postmodernism
  • Safe Spaces


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