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Recent and commonly accepted criticism holds that written and spoken Hebrew reveals a shared logic, a collective rhetoric that is identifiable and can be traced as an evolving phenomenon throughout the centuries. In Rhetoric and Nation, Ginsburg charts the emergence and formation of the Hebrew discourse of the nation from the late nineteenth century through the late twentieth century. In doing so, he challenges these notions of a common rhetoric by considering three areas of writing: literature, literary and cultural criticism, and ideological and political writings. Ginsburg argues that each text presents its own singular logic. Some writing is determined by social and historical context. Other writings are determined by the biographies of their authors, still others by genre. Through close readings of key canonical texts, Rhetoric and Nation demonstrates that the Hebrew discourse of the nation should not be conceived as coherent and cohesive but, rather, as an assemblage of singular, disparate moments.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1. Politics and Letters
  2. pp. 35-74
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  1. 2. Language and Pedagogy
  2. pp. 75-107
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  1. 3. Literary Criticism as Nationalist Cartography
  2. pp. 108-152
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  1. 4. The Rhetoric of Historical Anxiety
  2. pp. 153-194
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  1. 5. History and Myth
  2. pp. 195-228
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  1. 6. History and Mourning
  2. pp. 229-265
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  1. 7. National Aesthetics in Crisis
  2. pp. 266-297
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  1. 8. The Tussle with the Zionist Dream
  2. pp. 298-335
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  1. 9. A Sentimental Journey
  2. pp. 336-371
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 372-383
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  1. References
  2. pp. 385-444
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 445-473
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815652427
Print ISBN
9780815633334
MARC Record
OCLC
881504644
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-24
Language
English
Open Access
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