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The Convertshems of the Tchoose: Judaism and Jewishness in Finnegans Wake

When Edouard Drumont, professional antisemite, charged that Alfred Dreyfus "does business in the manner of the sons of Sem, "1 he was citing tradition stretching back to Genesis 10, according to which Shem, eldest of Noah's sons, founded the Hebrew race.2 Etymologically, to be antisemitic is to be anti-Shem.