Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction by Todd Hasak-Lowy, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction

Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction

by Todd Hasak-Lowy
     
 
The emergence of Zionism in the late nineteenth century and the evolution of Zionist society in Palestine were profoundly influenced by the Hebrew literature of the day. As Todd Hasak-Lowy cogently argues in this book, Hebrew authors wrote with the belief that accurately representing Jewish society-including its history-in their texts would both record the past and

Overview

The emergence of Zionism in the late nineteenth century and the evolution of Zionist society in Palestine were profoundly influenced by the Hebrew literature of the day. As Todd Hasak-Lowy cogently argues in this book, Hebrew authors wrote with the belief that accurately representing Jewish society-including its history-in their texts would both record the past and establish its future course.

Hasak-Lowy traces the tensions between the extraliterary-the historical, social, and political-and the literary-the aesthetic, formal, and stylistic-in Hebrew fiction. Focusing on canonical texts by S. Y. Abramovitz, Y. H. Brenner, S. Y. Agnon, and S. Yizhar, the author establishes how modern Hebrew writers galvanized Jewish nationalism in nineteenth-century Europe and later articulated its character in twentieth-century Palestine.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Hasak-Lowy has composed a work that will be of much interest to scholars and students of modern Jewish culture and Israeli society, as well as those working on larger processes of secularization and nation building.
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
[A]n interesting analysis of the place of modern Hebrew literature in shaping Jewish society.
Journal of Jewish Identities
Hasak-Lowy's coherent and accessible writing and nuanced use of theory renders this work a valuable contribution to the field of Hebrew literature and an informative read for those outside of the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815631576
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Todd Hasak-Lowy is assistant professor of Hebrew language and literature at the University of Florida.

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