In Spite of Partition

In Spite of Partition

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Partition--the idea of separating Jews and Arabs along ethnic or national lines--is a legacy at least as old as the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. Challenging the widespread qseparatist imaginationq behind partition, Gil Hochberg demonstrates the ways in which works of contemporary Jewish and Arab literature reject simple notions of separatism and instead display complex configurations of identity that emphasize the presence of alterity within the self--the Jew within the Arab, and the Arab within the Jew. In Spite of Partition examines Hebrew, Arabic, and French works that are largely unknown to English readers to reveal how, far from being independent, the signifiers qJewq and qArabq are inseparable. In a series of original close readings, Hochberg analyzes fascinating examples of such inseparability. In the Palestinian writer Anton Shammas's Hebrew novel Arabesques, the Israeli and Palestinian protagonists are a qschizophrenic pairq who qhave not yet decided who is the ventriloquist of whom.q And in the Moroccan Jewish writer Albert Swissa's Hebrew novel Aqud, the Moroccan-Israeli main character's identity is uneasily located between the qMoroccan Muslim boy he could have beenq and the qJewish Israeli boy he has become.q Other examples draw attention to the intricate linguistic proximity of Hebrew and Arabic, the historical link between the traumatic memories of the Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakbah, and the libidinal ties that bind Jews and Arabs despite, or even because of, their current animosity.usage) has been made as different as possible from any a€œSerbiana€ language, which itself was estranged from Croatian by ... and Persian origin with Sanskrit words, while Urdu, Pakistana#39;s official national language, is written in Arabic script and ... make others believe it as well, just as they believe a miracle, through rhetoric, the school, or the armya€ (45, my translation). ... Since then a number of Palestinian-Israelis have published fiction, poetry, or essays in Hebrew, and some are regularanbsp;...


Title:In Spite of Partition
Author: Gil Z. Hochberg
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2010-07-28
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