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- DescriptionPartition--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 separatist imagination behind partition, Gil Hochberg demonstrates the ways in which works of contemporary Jewish and Arab literature reject simple tions 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 unkwn to English readers to reveal how, far from being independent, the signifiers Jew and Arab are inseparable. In a series of original close readings, Hochberg analyzes fascinating examples of such inseparability. In the Palestinian writer Anton Shammas's Hebrew vel Arabesques, the Israeli and Palestinian protagonists are a schizophrenic pair who have t yet decided who is the ventriloquist of whom. And in the Moroccan Jewish writer Albert Swissa's Hebrew vel Aqud, the Moroccan-Israeli main character's identity is uneasily located between the Moroccan Muslim boy he could have been and the Jewish Israeli boy he has become. 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.
- Author BiographyGil Z. Hochberg is assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Author(s)Gil Z. Hochberg
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleTranslation/Transnation
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight428 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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