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The crisis in Israel/Palestine has long been the world’s most visible military conflict. Yet the region’s cultural and intellectual life remains all but unknown to most foreign observers, which means that literary texts that make it into circulation abroad tend to be received as historical documents rather than aesthetic artefacts. Rhetorics of Belonging examines the diverse ways in which Palestinian and Israeli world writers have responded to the expectation that they will ‘narrate’ the nation, invigorating critical debates about the political and artistic value of national narration as a reading and writing practice. It considers writers whose work is rarely discussed together, offering new readings of the work of Edward Said, Amos Oz, Mourid Barghouti, Orly Castel-Bloom, Sahar Khalifeh, and Anton Shammas. This book helps to restore the category of the nation to contemporary literary criticism by attending to a context where the idea of the nation is so central a part of everyday experience that writers cannot not address it, and readers cannot help but read for it. It also points a way toward a relational literary history of Israel/Palestine, one that would situate Palestinian and Israeli writing in the context of a history of antagonistic interaction. The book’s findings are relevant not only for scholars working in postcolonial studies and Israel/Palestine studies, but for anyone interested in the difficult and unpredictable intersections of literature and politics. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Reading for the Nation
  2. pp. 17-41
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  1. 2. Exile and Liberation: Edward Said's Out of Place
  2. pp. 42-66
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  1. 3. 'Who Would Dare to Make It into an Abstraction': Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah
  2. pp. 67-88
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  1. 4. 'Israel is not South Africa': Amos Oz's Living Utopias
  2. pp. 89-114
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  1. 5. Intersectional Allegories: Orly Castle-Bloom and Sahar Khalifeh
  2. pp. 115-135
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  1. 6. 'An Act of Defiance Against Them All': Anton Shammas' Arabesques
  2. pp. 136-159
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  1. Notes and references
  2. pp. 160-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 196-208
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781781385739
Related ISBN(s)
9781846319433
MARC Record
OCLC
875673222
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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