Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance by Yaron PelegIsraeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance by Yaron Peleg

Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance

byYaron Peleg

Paperback | January 4, 2010

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Over the past two decades, profound changes in Israel opened its society to powerful outside forces and the dominance of global capitalism. As a result, the centrality of Zionism as an organizing ideology waned, prompting expressions of anxiety in Israel about the coming of a post-Zionist age. The fears about the end of Zionism were quelled, however, by the Palestinian uprising in 2000, which spurred at least a partial return to more traditional perceptions of homeland. Looking at Israeli literature of the late twentieth century, Yaron Peleg shows how a young, urban class of Israelis felt alienated from the Zionist values of their forebears, and how they adopted a form of escapist romanticism as a defiant response that replaced traditional nationalism.

One of the first books in English to identify the end of the post-Zionist era through inspired readings of Hebrew literature and popular media, Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas examines Israel's ambivalent relationship with Jewish nationalism at the end of the twentieth century.

A native of Israel, Yaron Peleg is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Hebrew Program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of Derech Gever and Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination.
Title:Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.46 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292721587

ISBN - 13:9780292721586

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Bourgeoisification and Its Discontent
  • Chapter 2: Popular Media in a Post-National Age
  • Chapter 3: Etgar Keret: A Dispirited Rebel with a Cause
  • Chapter 4: Romance as a Defiant Escape
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Informative, intelligent, never condescending, this book allows outsiders broad insights into Israeli literature and society, even as it provides articulate, nuanced readings of particular authors." - Naomi B. Sokoloff, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Washington