Borders, Territories, and Ethics
Hebrew Literature in the Shadow of the Intifada
252 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Borders, Territories, and Ethics: Hebrew Literature in the Shadow of the Intifada by Adia Mendelson-Maoz presents a new perspective on the multifaceted relations between ideologies, space, and ethics manifested in contemporary Hebrew literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation. In this volume, Mendelson-Maoz analyzes Israeli prose written between 1987 and 2007, relating mainly to the first and second intifadas, written by well-known authors such as Yehoshua, Grossman, Matalon, Castel-Bloom, Govrin, Kravitz, and Levy. Mendelson-Maoz raises critical questions regarding militarism, humanism, the nature of the State of Israel as a democracy, national identity and its borders, soldiers as moral individuals, the nature of Zionist education, the acknowledgment of the Other, and the sovereignty of the subject. She discusses these issues within two frameworks. The first draws on theories of ethics in the humanist tradition and its critical extensions, especially by Levinas. The second applies theories of space, and in particular deterritorialization as put forward by Deleuze and Guattari and their successors. Overall this volume provides an innovative theoretical analysis of the collage of voices and artistic directions in contemporary Israeli prose written in times of political and cultural debate on the occupation and its intifadas.
Part 1 In the Heart of Darkness
Chapter 1: On a Hot Tin Roof
Chapter 2: No Luck
Chapter 3: The Third Eye
Part 2 Does Literature Matter?
Chapter 4: A. B. Yehoshua and the Moderation on the Left
at the Turn of the Millennium
Chapter 5: Orly Castel-Bloom between the Two Intifadas
Chapter 6: Terrorism and the Face of the Dead Other
Chapter 7: Dismantling Borders: A Female Perspective
"In an age of fake news and post-truth, this is an important book about the value of literature and the moral lessons it can teach us. Mendelson-Maoz looks at Israeli literature in the crucible of the Intifadas and examines the ways in which Israeli writers deal with some of the difficult challenges the conflict with the Palestinians has posed for Israeli society in recent decades."—Yaron Peleg, Kennedy-Leigh Reader in Modern Hebrew Studies: University of Cambridge)