Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine's Poet and the Other as the Beloved

Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine's Poet and the Other as the Beloved

by Dalya Cohen-Mor

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Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine’s Poet and the Other as the Beloved focuses on Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008), whose poetry has helped to shape Palestinian identity and foster Palestinian culture through many decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dalya Cohen-Mor explores the poet’s romantic relationship with “Rita,” an Israeli Jewish woman whom he had met in Haifa in his early twenties and to whom he had dedicated a series of love poems and prose passages, among them the iconic poem “Rita and the Gun.” Interwoven with biographical details and diverse documentary materials, this exploration reveals a fascinating facet in the poet’s personality, his self-definition, and his attitude toward the Israeli other. Comprising a close reading of Darwish’s love poems, coupled with many examples of novels and short stories from both Arabic and Hebrew fiction that deal with Arab-Jewish love stories, this book delves into the complexity of Arab-Jewish relations and shows how romance can blossom across ethno-religious lines and how politics all too often destroys it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030241643
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2020
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 105
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dalya Cohen-Mor is a Middle East scholar and an award-winning author. She earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Her most recent publications include Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women’s Literature: The Family Frontier (2011), Fathers and Sons in the Arab Middle East (Palgrave, 2013), and Cultural Journeys into the Arab World: A Literary Anthology (2018).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Poet’s Public Persona: A Lover from Palestine.- Chapter 2 Dangerous Liaisons: Arab-Jewish Romantic Relationships.- Chapter 3 Self-Defining Memories: When Mahmoud met "Rita".- Chapter 4 The Rita Poems and Prose Passages.- Chapter 5 Unbeliever in the Impossible.

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