A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch

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UPNE, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 177 pages
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The work of the renowned Israeli poet, translator, peace activist, and 1998 Israel Prize laureate Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005) portrays the emotional structure of a traumatized and victimized female character. Ilana Szobel's book, the first full-length study of Ravikovitch in English, offers a theoretical discussion of the poetics of trauma and the politics of victimhood, as well as a rethinking of the notions of activity and passivity, strength and weakness. Analyzing the deep structure embodied in Ravikovitch's work, Szobel unearths the interconnectedness of Ravikovitch's private-poetic subjectivity and Israeli national identity, and shows how her unique poetics can help readers overcome cultural biases and sympathetically engage otherness.
 

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Contents

The State of Orphanhood
1
The Project of Female Subjectivity
37
Mania Depression and Madness
61
Testimony Complicity and National Identity
93
The Transparent Skin that Unites Us
131
Notes
141
Bibliography
157
Index
169
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ILANA SZOBEL is an assistant professor in Hebrew Literature at Brandeis University.

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