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Searing images of suicide bombings and retaliatory strikes now define the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many Westerners, but television and print media are not the only visual realms in which the conflict is playing out. Even tourist postcards and greeting cards have been pressed into service as vehicles through which Israelis and Palestinians present competing visions of national selfhood and conflicting claims to their common homeland. In this book, Tim Jon Semmerling explores how Israelis and Palestinians have recently used postcards and greeting cards to present images of the national self, to build national awareness and reinforce nationalist ideologies, and to gain international acceptance. He discusses and displays the works of numerous postcard/greeting card manufacturers, artists, and photographers and identifies the symbolic choices in their postcards, how the choices are arranged into messages, what the messages convey and to whom, and who benefits and loses in these presentations of national self. Semmerling convincingly demonstrates that, far from being ephemeral, Israeli and Palestinian postcards constitute an important arena of struggle over visual signs and the power to produce reality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Presentation of National Self
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. One: Palphot’s Israeli Self
  2. pp. 13-60
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  1. Two: The Palestinian Self in Artwork Postcards
  2. pp. 61-97
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  1. Three: The Janus-Faced Palestinian Self
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. Four: The Ecological Palestinian Self
  2. pp. 119-133
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  1. Five: The Orientalized Area Self
  2. pp. 135-156
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  1. Six: The Heritage-Enriched Palestinian Self
  2. pp. 157-197
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  1. Conclusion: Tom Sawyer, Visual Methodologist, and the Presentation of National Self
  2. pp. 199-203
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-233
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780292797499
Related ISBN
9780292702141
MARC Record
OCLC
60570087
Pages
255
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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