Language in Time of Revolution

Language in Time of Revolution

by Benjamin Harshav

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Overview

This book deals with two remarkable events—the worldwide transformations of the Jews in the modern age and the revival of the ancient Hebrew language. It is a book about social and cultural history addressed not only to the professional historian, and a book about Jews addressed not only to Jewish readers. It tries to rethink a wide field of cultural phenomena and present the main ideas to the intelligent reader, or, better, present a "family picture" of related and contiguous ideas. Many names and details are mentioned, which may not all be familiar to the uninitiated; their function is to provide some concrete texture for this dramatic story, but the focus is on the story itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520079588
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/06/1993
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Harshav, was a translator, poet, and scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish literature. Harshav was and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at Yale University, and in 1992, a professor of Slavic languages and literature.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
PART I • THE MODERN JEWISH REVOLUTION
An Essay on the History of Culture and Consciousness
1. Transformations: Extrinsic and Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Intrinsic 
2. The Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Internal Response to History 
3. A New Period in History 
4. The Centrifugal Movement 
5. The Force of Negation 
6. The New Cultural Trends 
7. The Secular Polysystem 
8. Assimilation 
9. A Jewish Century 
10. The Continuous Rainbow 
11. The Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Individual 
12. Flashback: Collapse and Victory of the Enlightenment 
13. Politics and Literature 
14. Consolidation 
15. Two Endings to One Revolution 
16. The Age of Modernism 
PART II • THE REVIVAL OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
Anatomy of a Social Revolution
17. The Miracle of the Revival of Hebrew 
18. The Social Existence of Language 
19. Theory of Twin Systems 
20. Language as a Unifying Force 
21. The Pitfalls of Scholarship 
22. The Beginnings of the Language Revival 
23. Three Factors in the Revival of the Language 
24. The Life of "Dead" Hebrew 
25. The Revival of Written Hebrew 
26. New Cells of Society in a Social Desert 
27. Ashkenazi or Sephardi Dialect? 
28. Remarks on the Nature of Israeli Hebrew 
29. Principles of the Revolution: A Retrospective Summary 
30. Remarks Toward a Theory of Social Revolution 
PART III • SOURCES ON THE HEBREW LANGUAGE REVIVAL
Translated from Hebrew by Barbara Harshav
Rachel Katznelson: Language Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Insomnia (1918) 
Yitzhak Tabenkin: The Roots (1937) 
Berl Katznelson: On the Question of Languages (1919) 
Yosef Klauzner: Ancient Hebrew and Modem Hebrew (1929)
Tsvi Shats: Exile of Our Classical Poetry (1919) 
REFERENCES
INDEX 

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