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Prosaic Conditions
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In her penetrating new study, Na’ama Rokem observes that prose writing—more than poetry, drama, or other genres—came to signify a historic rift that resulted in loss and disenchantment. In Prosaic Conditions, Rokem treats prose as a signifying practice—that is, a practice that creates meaning. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, prose emerges in competition with other existing practices, specifically, the practice of performance. Using Zionist literature as a test case, Rokem examines the ways in which Zionist authors put prose to use, both as a concept and as a literary mode. Writing prose enables these authors to grapple with historical, political, and spatial transformations and to understand the interrelatedness of all of these changes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xxi
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  1. Chapter One. Prose Regnant: World, State, and Subject in Hegel’s Lectures on Aesthetics
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter Two. Heinrich Heine, Explorer of the Current Prosaic Condition
  2. pp. 20-46
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  1. Chapter Three. Mediated Situatedness in the Reception of Heinrich Heine
  2. pp. 47-72
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  1. Chapter Four. Theodor Herzl’s Technocratic World-Making in Prose
  2. pp. 73-94
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  1. Chapter Five. Haim Nahman Bialik’s Icy River of Prose
  2. pp. 95-118
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  1. Chapter Six. Heine and the Israeli Novel
  2. pp. 119-151
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 153-157
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 159-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-211
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-221
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