Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema

Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema


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In this collection, leading scholars in both film studies and Israeli studies show that beyond representing familiar historical accounts or striving to offer a more complete and accurate depiction of the past, Israeli cinema has innovatively used trauma and memory to offer insights about Israeli society and to engage with cinematic experimentation and invention.

Tracing a long line of films from the 1940s up to the 2000s, the contributors use close readings of these films not only to reconstruct the past, but also to actively engage with it. Addressing both high-profile and lesser known fiction and non-fiction Israeli films, Deeper than Oblivion underlines the unique aesthetic choices many of these films make in their attempt to confront the difficulties, perhaps even impossibility, of representing trauma. By looking at recent and classic examples of Israeli films that turban to memory and trauma, this book addresses the pressing issues and disputes in the field today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501319617
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/19/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raz Yosef is Senior Lecturer and the chair of the cinema studies B.A. Program at the Department of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Beyond Flesh: Queer Masculinities and Nationalism in Israeli Cinema (2004), To Know a Man: Masculinity, Sexuality and Ethnicity in Israeli Cinema (2010, in Hebrew), The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema (2011), and co-editor of Just Images: Ethics and the Cinematic (2011).

Boaz Hagin is Lecturer at the Department of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University. He is author of Death in Classical Hollywood Cinema (2010), co-editor of Just Images: Ethics and the Cinematic (2011), and co-author with Thomas Elsaesser of Memory, Trauma, and Fantasy in American Cinema (2012, in Hebrew).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1:
Sweet on the Inside: Trauma, Memory, and Israeli Cinema
Boaz Hagin and Raz Yosef

Chapter 2:
Postscript to Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation
Ella Shohat

Chapter 3:
Gender, the Military, Memory, and the Photograph: Tamar Yarom's To See If I'm Smiling and American Films about Abu Ghraib
Diane Waldman

Chapter 4:
The Event and the Picture: David Perlov's My Stills and Memories of the Eichmann Trial
Anat Zanger

Chapter 5:
The Agonies of an Eternal Victim: Zionist Guilt in Avi Mograbi's Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi
Shmulik Duvdevani

Chapter 6:
Traces of War: Memory, Trauma, and the Archive in Joseph Cedar's Beaufort
Raz Yosef

Chapter 7:
Memory of a Death Foretold: Fathers and Sons in Assi Dayan's “Trilogy”
Yael Munk

Chapter 8:
Queering Terror: Trauma, Race, and Nationalism in Palestinian and Israeli Gay Cinema during the Second Intifada
Raya Morag

Chapter 9:
“Our Traumas”: Terrorism, Tradition, and Mind Games in Frozen Days
Boaz Hagin

Chapter 10:
History of Violence: From the Trauma of Expulsion to the Holocaust in Israeli Cinema
Nurith Gertz and Gal Hermoni

Chapter 11:
Last Train to the Holocaust
Judd Ne'eman and Nerit Grossman

Chapter 12:
Passages, Wars, and Encounters with Death: The Desert as a Site of Memory in Israeli Film
Yael Zerubavel

Chapter 13:
“Walking through walls”: Documentary Film and Other Technologies of Navigation, Aspiration, and Memory
Janet Walker

Notes on Contributors

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