Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas
A Brief Romance
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Texas Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Although I sat down to write this book about a year ago, the idea for it had been with me in one sense or another for more than ten years now. It was nurtured by the longing I felt for the Israel I left behind; it stood before me in the books I chose to read, and informed many of...
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My deepest thanks go to my friend and colleague Eran Kaplan, of the University of Cincinnati, without whose extensive knowledge, sagacity, insight, and encouragement this book would not have taken the shape it has. As expatriate members of the...
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The last two decades of the twentieth century brought profound changes to Israel and opened it up to increasing outside influences. Throughout the 1980s, the country also experienced accelerated economic development and the establishment of a Western, capitalist...
1. Bourgeoisification and its Discontent
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I want to draw the emergence of romance in contemporary Israeli culture against a historical moment Gadi Taub describes so well in his study of a phenomenon he termed the Dispirited Rebellion.1 Taub, who is also one of the writers I discuss in this book, published...
2. Popular Media in a Post-National Age
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Since the romantic writers, like all other writers, were products of their age, I want to consider in this chapter some of the cultural aspects that distinguished the last decade or so of the twentieth century in Israel. Of these changes, one of the most significant was the...
3. Etgar Keret: A Dispirited Rebel With a Cause
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Etgar Keret, who began writing as a young soldier in the early 1990s, was the most visible and prolific of the romantic writers. Keret sent his first stories to so-called lowbrow, popular media, such...
4. Romance as a Defiant Escape
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If Etgar Keret expressed some of the main anxieties of his generation and suggested romance as an interim or temporary solution for the confusion of his age, Gadi Taub, Uzi Weil, and Gafi Amir developed this solution further. They also explored Israel’s inexorable...
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While the romantic writers poignantly expressed the spirit of their age, ultimately, their literary flight—their attempt to lift off the bumpy Israeli surface and soar into the comfort of a smooth Western sky—was short-lived. The breaking of the second Intifada in...
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Page Count: 170
Publication Year: 2008