Israeli Writers Consider the "outsider"

Author: Leon I. Yudkin,International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634981
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 143
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A society can be judged by its attitude to those who are outside or disadvantaged by reason of class, sex, race, language, background, disability, and so on. This volume seeks to address the models of otherness that exist in Israeli literature.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century

Author: Sorrel Kerbel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135456070
Category: History
Page: 702
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Now available in paperback for the first time, Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century is both a comprehensive reference resource and a springboard for further study. This volume: examines canonical Jewish writers, less well-known authors of Yiddish and Hebrew, and emerging Israeli writers includes entries on figures as diverse as Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Tristan Tzara, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, and Woody Allen contains introductory essays on Jewish-American writing, Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing, and Anglo-Jewish literature provides a chronology of twentieth-century Jewish writers. Compiled by expert contributors, this book contains over 330 entries on individual authors, each consisting of a biography, a list of selected publications, a scholarly essay on their work and suggestions for further reading.

Teaching Jewish Civilization

A Global Approach to Higher Education
Author: Moshe Davis,International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814718674
Category: Education
Page: 375
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Film and television have never been more prevalent or watched than they are now, yet we still have little understanding of how people process and make use of what they see. And though we acknowledge the enormous role the media plays in our culture, we have only a vague sense of how it actually influences our attitudes and desires. In Perverse Spectators, Janet Staiger argues that studying the interpretive methods of spectators within their historical contexts is both possible and necessary to understand the role media plays in culture and in our personal lives. This analytical approach is applied to topics such as depictions of violence, the role of ratings codes, the horror and suspense genre, historical accuracy in film, and sexual identities, and then demonstrated through works like JFK, The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho, and A Clockwork Orange. Each chapter shows a different approach to reconstructing audience responses to films, consistently and ingeniously finding traces of what would otherwise appear to be unrecoverable information. Using vivid examples, charting key concepts, and offering useful syntheses of long-standing debates, Perverse Spectators constitutes a compelling case for a reconsideration of the assumptions about film reception which underlie contemporary scholarship in media studies. Taking on widely influential theories and scholars, Perverse Spectators is certain to spark controversy and help redefine the study of film as it enters the new millennium.

In Search of Israel

The History of an Idea
Author: Michael Brenner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400889219
Category: History
Page: 392
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A major new history of the century-long debate over what a Jewish state should be Many Zionists who advocated the creation of a Jewish state envisioned a nation like any other. Yet for Israel's founders, the state that emerged against all odds in 1948 was anything but ordinary. Born from the ashes of genocide and a long history of suffering, Israel was conceived to be unique, a model society and the heart of a prosperous new Middle East. It is this paradox, says historian Michael Brenner--the Jewish people's wish for a homeland both normal and exceptional—that shapes Israel's ongoing struggle to define itself and secure a place among nations. In Search of Israel is a major new history of this struggle from the late nineteenth century to our time. When Theodor Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress in 1897, no single solution to the problem of "normalizing" the Jewish people emerged. Herzl proposed a secular-liberal "New Society" that would be home to Jews and non-Jews alike. East European Zionists advocated the renewal of the Hebrew language and the creation of a distinct Jewish culture. Socialists imagined a society of workers' collectives and farm settlements. The Orthodox dreamt of a society based on the laws of Jewish scripture. The stage was set for a clash of Zionist dreams and Israeli realities that continues today. Seventy years after its founding, Israel has achieved much, but for a state widely viewed as either a paragon or a pariah, Brenner argues, the goal of becoming a state like any other remains elusive. If the Jews were the archetypal "other" in history, ironically, Israel—which so much wanted to avoid the stamp of otherness—has become the Jew among the nations.


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Arts, Israeli
Page: N.A
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The Jewish Year Book

Author: Stephen W. Massil
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780853034667
Category: Jews
Page: 383
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Provides an impressive, comprehensive and up-to-date record of the organisations, people and events in the contemporary Jewish world.


the vision of a state and its literature
Author: Leon I. Yudkin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9782912590305
Category: Hebrew literature, Modern
Page: 200
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Twentieth-century Literary Criticism

Author: Gale Research Company
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literature, Modern
Page: N.A
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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1900 and 1960, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.

A home within

varieties of Jewish expression in modern fiction
Author: Leon I. Yudkin
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
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Encyclopaedia Judaica

Author: Fred Skolnik,Michael Berenbaum
Publisher: N.A
Category: Electronic reference sources
Page: 815
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Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.

Reference guide to holocaust literature

Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: St James Press
ISBN: 9781558624672
Category: History
Page: 714
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Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.

Index Islamicus

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Africa, North
Page: N.A
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A bibliography of books and index of articles in periodicals on Islam and the Muslim world. Also includes reviews.

The Writer in the Jewish Community

An Israeli-North American Dialogue
Author: Richard Siegel,Tamar Sofer
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634592
Category: History
Page: 155
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The Writer in the Jewish Community presents edited selections from the conference of the same name held in October 1988 at the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University. Also included in the volume is a foreword by cochair Eli Shaltiel (publisher of Am Oved in Israel) and an afterword by Nessa Rapoport. The work is divided into three sections: "The Jew as Writer/The Writer as Jew," "Jewish Writing in Context," and "Breaking the Language Barrier: Literary Dialogues between Israel and the Diaspora." What defines the Jewish writer, and how different is an American Jewish writer from an Israeli writer? Jewish writers have always struggled with where they stand as individuals, and where Jews stand as a people with a unique history. Whatever language Jewish writers choose to write in, a common cultural past unites them: Jewish survival, the Holocaust, Israel, nationality, and Jewish traditions. These issues of art and identity were addressed by more than thirty of the most acclaimed Jewish poets, critics, novelists, and scholars from Israel and North America, gathered in the Bay Area for the largest modern Jewish writers' conference of its kind. In a series of lectures and panel discussions, renowned American writers Cynthia Ozick (The Messiah of Stockholm, The Pagan Rabbi), Max Apple (Free Agents), Rosellen Brown (Civil Wars), and Irving Howe (World of Our Fathers) shared ideas with Israeli writers Amos Oz (My Michael, The Black Box), Hanoch Bartov (The Brigade), and Hillel Halkin. Also exchanging views were Ted Solotaroff, Nessa Rapoport, Harvey Shapiro, David Scheutz, Meir Shalev, Alan Mintz, Meir Wieseltier, Ruth Almog, and Chana Bloch. Halkin talked about the crises faced by the masters - such as Bialik and Brenner - who chose to write in Hebrew, initiating its renaissance. Howe and Solotaroff discussed the crisis in subject matter for American writers who are Jewish. And Cynthia Ozick and Nessa Rapoport suggested applying the literary imagination eastward - toward Israel and traditional Jewish-written sources. In general, the conference members confronted, probed, and argued about the role of the Jewish writer, the future of the American Jewish novel, Jewish tradition and renewal, Jewish survival, Israel, and the Diaspora. Their passionate and eloquent expressions are here recorded.

Implicate Relations

Society and Space in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Author: Juval Portugali
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401718393
Category: Social Science
Page: 204
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In his beautiful booklnvisible eities Italo Calvino writes about the two cities ofValdrada, the one which lies on the shores of a lake, and the other which is reflected in the lake and contains not only the exterior of Valdrada on the shores, but also its interior, and probably its inhabitants. "Valdrada's inhabitants know", writes Calvino, "that each of their actions is, at once, that action and its mirror image . . . and this awareness prevents them from succumbing for a single moment to chance and forgetfulness". Such mirror image relations are characteristic of the Israeli-Palestinian relations, and the awareness of this property is, to my mind, one of the most dominant experiences in being 'an Israeli. As an Israeli I can testify that Palestinianism is a permanent resident in the personal and collective consciousness of Israelis, and I have good grounds to suppose that Zionism plays a similar role in the personal and collective consciousness of Palestinians. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is thus not only political, but also very personal, and the account I present below is no exception. It is my personal, and in this respect Israeli, perspective of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with no pretension to a value-free and objective science.

Jewish Theology

Systematically and Historically Considered
Author: Kaufmann Kohler
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 146551421X
Category: Judaism
Page: 505
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In the Footsteps of Judas and Other Defectors

Apostasy in the New Testament Communities, Volume 1:The Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Letters
Author: B. J. Oropeza
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610972899
Category: Religion
Page: 322
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In this three-volume set, B.J. Oropeza offers the most thorough examination in recent times on the subject of apostasy in the New Testament. The study examines each book of the New Testament and identifies the emerging Christian community in danger, the nature of apostasy that threatens the congregations, and the consequences of defection. Oropeza compares the various perspectives of the New Testament communities to arrive at the idea that the earliest followers of Christ did not believe and teach alike on the issue.

Israel in Exile

Jewish Writing and the Desert
Author: Ranen Omer-Sherman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252092023
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 232
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Israel in Exile is a bold exploration of how the ancient desert of Exodus and Numbers, as archetypal site of human liberation, forms a template for modern political identities, radical skepticism, and questioning of official narratives of the nation that appear in the works of contemporary Israeli authors including David Grossman, Shulamith Hareven, and Amos Oz, as well as diasporic writers such as Edmund Jabès and Simone Zelitch. In contrast to other ethnic and national representations, Jewish writers since antiquity have not constructed a neat antithesis between the desert and the city or nation; rather, the desert becomes a symbol against which the values of the city or nation can be tested, measured, and sometimes found wanting. This book examines how the ethical tension between the clashing Mosaic and Davidic paradigms of the desert still reverberate in secular Jewish literature and produce fascinating literary rewards. Omer-Sherman ultimately argues that the ancient encounter with the desert acquires a renewed urgency in response to the crisis brought about by national identities and territorial conflicts.

AJL Newsletter

Author: Association of Jewish Libraries
Publisher: N.A
Category: Jewish libraries
Page: N.A
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The Purity Texts

Author: Hannah Harrington
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567468771
Category: Religion
Page: 162
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Purity Texts is a handbook that gathers the data of the Dead Sea Scrolls on ritual purity and analyzes it systematically as part of a coherent ideology. After a general introduction and an examination of individual texts for the contribution of each to the subject of purity, the book devotes a chapter to each of the impurities discussed in the Scrolls: death, leprosy, bodily discharges and outsiders. In each of these chapters, emphasis is placed on the large amount of congruence of the Qumran texts with each other on the subject of purity and the similarities and differences between the Qumran texts and other sources of ancient Judaism. The contributors to the Companion to the Qumran Scrolls series take account of all relevant and recently published texts and provide extensive bibliographies. The books in the series are authoritatively written in accessible language and are ideal for students and non-specialist scholars. Companion to the Qumran Scrolls, volume 5