A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space, Part 2

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - Religion - 310 pages
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A Place in History is a cultural study of Tel Aviv, Israel's population center, established in 1909. It describes how a largely European Jewish immigrant society attempted to forge a home in the Mediterranean, and explores the role of memory and diaspora in the creation of a new national culture. Each chapter is devoted to a particular place in the city that has been central to its history, and includes literary, artistic, journalistic, and photographic material relating to that site.

This is the first book-length study of Tel Aviv in English. It will appeal to readers interested in urban cultures, the contemporary Middle East, modern Jewish history, and Israeli literature. It also contributes to the ongoing public debate about memory, memorials and urban identity.

 

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Contents

Jews in Space I
1
Reading the Old Cemetery
26
When a Street Becomes
72
Public and Private
124
Depicting the Citys Periphery as
186
Rabin Square Summayl and the Rhetoric of Walking
229
Selected Poems in the Original Hebrew
253
Notes
267
Index
301
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Barbara E. Mann is Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She is the co-editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

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