Israeli and Palestinian Postcards
Presentations of National Self
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Texas Press
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I am proud to set aside these pages so that I may acknowledge the many people and organizations that have made this book’s completion and publication possible. My appreciation goes to:...
Introduction: The Presentation of National Self
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Picture postcards are ubiquitous, relatively inexpensive, and easily discarded. They are often looked upon, or even dismissed, as trite and cheap objects associated with the bric-a-brac of tourism. However, as this book shows, picture postcards are much more than that...
One: Palphot’s Israeli Self
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Israel’s leading postcard maker, based inHerzlia, is known by the company name ‘‘Palphot,’’ a shortened title of the fully named ‘‘Palestine Photo Rotation Company.’’ Palphot was founded in 1934 by Yehuda and Tova Dorfzaun and remains family-owned and -managed today.
Two: The Palestinian Self in Artwork Postcards
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Some Palestinian-owned souvenir and book stores in Jerusalem still carry the remaining pre-Intifada (prior to 1987) and first Intifada period (1987–1993) postcard stocks. Such postcards feature the painted and sculptured works of Palestinian artists...
Three: The Janus-Faced Palestinian Self
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The presentation of the Palestinian national self as political victim can be found in the form of photographic greeting cards. Six such photographic greeting cards are for sale, alongwith the artists’ artworks postcards, in a Palestinian-owned Jerusalem store on the Via Dolorosa.
Four: The Ecological Palestinian Self
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The presentation of the Palestinian national self is not restricted to the images of the victimized and heritage-enriched. Ziad Izzat, a photographer and maker of greeting cards, expands the possibilities of the presentation of the Palestinian national self...
Five: The Orientalized Area Self
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Mardo Nalbandian has been photographing Israel and the Palestinian Territories since 1952. His well-known photography shop, GARO Photo Studios, is located on Ṣalāḥ al-dīn Street in East Jerusalem.
Six: The Heritage-Enriched Palestinian Self
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Earlier, two ways of categorizing the presentation of the Palestinian national self were identified in the older, but still available for purchase, artists’ artwork postcards. The first of the two categories included postcards depicting Palestinians as political victims.
Conclusion: Tom Sawyer, Visual Methodologist, and the Presentation of National Self
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When Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Jim happened upon the coast of Africa in their runaway balloon, Tom was able to assess their geographical position. Without a chronometer as a navigating tool and with no control over their...
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Page Count: 255
Illustrations: 15 color and 68 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2004