The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

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Alan L. Mintz
UPNE, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
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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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Contents

ALAN MINTZ
1
ROBERT ALTER
17
ANNE GOLOMB HOFFMAN
35
YAEL S FELDMAN
71
NANCY E BERG
114
GILEAD MORAHG
143
Notes on the Contributors
185
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ALAN MINTZ is Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at Brandeis University. His books include Banished from Their Father's Table (1989).