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Modern Palestinian Literature and Culture - Ami Elad-Bouskila

Modern Palestinian Literature and Culture

Paperback Published: 29th September 1999
ISBN: 9780714680156
Number Of Pages: 176

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Studies of Palestinian society, economy, and politics are appearing with increasing frequency, but works in English about Palestinian literature, particularly that written in Israel, are still scarce. This book looks at this literature within the political and social context of Palestinian society, with a special focus on literature written during the Intifada "uprising" period (1987-93).
There are three "branches" of the Palestinian people: Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, and Palestinians in the diasporas of the Middle East and beyond. The Intifada was significant in accelerating the process of shared interests among these three branches, yet, while Palestinian perception of their common national goals grew stronger, the differences emerged more clearly. This book surveys the literature emanating from these branches and reflects upon the distinctive features of each.
Several issues are subject to closer scrutiny. One is the theme of a traditional society in transformation, with a literary response that is often anxious and sceptical. Another is the literary quest of Palestinians to define their identity, made more complex for those who live in Israel, with their relations with the surrounding Hebrew culture. Another intriguing issue is the image of the Jew in Palestinian literature, particularly since the start of the Intifada. And finally, special attention i given to the centrality of Jerusalem as a religious and political symbol, concluding with rather surprising findings about the role of Jerusalem - a crucial component in the merging peace process - in contemporary Palestinian literature.

Introduction: Palestinian culture in the Middle East
Between Arabism, westernism and Israelism: modern Arabic literature
Modern Palestinian literature or literatures?
The culture of the other -Israeli Jews
The quest for identity
Three issues in Israeli-Arab literature: for whom do Israeli Arabs write?
Where do Israeli-Arab writers publish?
What do Israeli Arabs write about?
The other face
The language choice of Arab writers in Israel: modern Arabic literatures
To write in the language of the other
Israeli Arabs writing in Hebrew and Arabic
Between interlaced worlds
Riyad Baydas and the Arabic short story in Israel: the thematic world of Riyad Baydas
Arabic society in transition
Poetics, style and writing techniques
Stones for the homeland
Palestinian literature of the Intifada (1987-90): the status of Palestinian periodicals during the Intifada
The main themes in Intifada writing
Danger, high voltage
The image of the Jew/Israeli in Palestinian Intifada literature (1987-90): a major negation and a minor affirmation
The religious confrontation between Islam and Judaism
Connections and relations between Israelis and Palestinians
The holiness of a city
Jerusalem in the literature of the Intifada (1987-90): the religious-political meaning of Jerusalem
The historical myth of Jerusalem
Jerusalem as a symbol of the beloved
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ISBN: 9780714680156
ISBN-10: 071468015X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 29th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1