The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction
Alan L. Mintz
UPNE, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
A critical introduction to contemporary Israeli literature that places works and writers in their cultural and social context.
Five essays explore facets of what Mintz calls the complexity of cultural reverberations in Israeli fiction of the past two decades, a period during which "literature and the institutions of literary culture became the principal mode of encountering and mediating modernity." Among the major concerns addressed are the emergence of female writers, characterization of redefined gender roles, re-imagining the Holocaust, de-marginalization of Sephardic writing, and adoption of innovative techniques like magic realism and experimental narrative strategies.
The collection shows how contemporary Israeli literature both chronicles and confronts cultural and societal dichotomies -- collectivism vs. individualism, native Israelis vs. Holocaust survivors, male vs. female, religion vs. secular, Ashkenazic vs. Sephardic -- that characterize a nation whose self-conception has been shaped by its complex and conflicted history.
CONTRIBUTORS: Robert Alter, Nancy Berg, Yael S. Feldman, Anne Golomb Hoffman, Alan Mintz, Gilead Morahg
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ANNE GOLOMB HOFFMAN
YAEL S FELDMAN
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Notes on the Contributors
A. B. Yehoshua Almog Amalia Kahana-Carmon Amnon Shamosh Angels Are Coming Arab Ashkenazim Aviv Baghdad body caust character Clara concentrationary experience construction contemporary culture David Grossman discourse Egon Egon's emotional English Ephraim essay ethos of survival European explore fantastic father female feminine feminism feminist feminist romance Freud gender girl Grossman's Hakibbutz Hameuchad Halperin Hebrew fiction Hebrew literature Hebrew Woman Holo Holocaust Holocaust experience human ideology imagination Israel Israeli fiction Israeli literature Israeli society Israeli writers Jerusalem Jewish Jews Kahana-Carmon Kazik kibbutz literary magic realism male masculinity Meir Michel Ezra Mira Mira's modern Hebrew Molkho mother myth narrator Nazi novel Orly Castel-Bloom political protagonist psychological reader reality recent recuperation relationship Sad Lakes Safra sense Sephardi Shabtai Shimon Ballas Shlomo Shulamit Lapid social stereotypes survivors Tel Aviv tion tive trans translation University Press Wasserman womb women Yaakov Yaakov Shabtai York Zionist