Abstract

This article examines how Prooftexts has dealt with Hebrew prose. Doing so reveals that the focus has been largely, though not exclusively, on twentieth-century writing, treated most often through the diverse approaches and methodologies of contemporary practical criticism. The writers are mostly North Americans, though some leading Israelis are represented in translation. The fact that Prooftexts exists in English and is published in the United States has enabled it not only to purvey currents of Israeli scholarship to non-Hebrew readers but also to serve as a mediator between the discourse and concerns of American critics and scholars and their Israeli counterparts. By fostering discussion of Hebrew prose across linguistic, geographical, disciplinary, and ideological boundaries, Prooftexts has helped internationalize Hebrew prose, severing the critical discourse on it from the orbit of the Hebrew language and from its confinement to the particular concerns of one nation-state. Questions of Prooftexts' role in canon formation are larger. Is it essentially noncanonical, or has it begun to provide an alternative, North American Diaspora canon? With its discernible focus on feminist criticism and gender issues, is Prooftexts implicitly catalyzing the formation of an emerging feminist Hebrew canon?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 129-134
Launched on MUSE
2001-01-01
Open Access
No
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