Narratives of Dissent

Narratives of Dissent

War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture

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The year 1978 marked Israel's entry into Lebanon, which led to the long-term military occupation of non-sovereign territory and the long, costly war in Lebanon. In the years that followed, many Israelis found themselves alienated from the idea that their country used force only when there was no alternative, and Israeli society eventually underwent a dramatic change in attitude toward militarization and the infallibility of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture editors Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman collect nineteen essays that examine the impact of this cultural shift on Israeli visual art, music, literature, poetry, film, theatre, public broadcasting, and commemoration practices after 1978.

Divided into three thematic sections-Private and Public Spaces of Commemoration and Mourning, Poetry and Prose, and Cinema and Stage-this collection presents an exciting diversity of experiences, cultural interests, and disciplinary perspectives. From the earliest wartime writings of S. Yizhar to the global phenomenon of films such as Beaufort, Waltz with Bashir, and Lebanon, the Israeli artist's imaginative and critical engagement with war and occupation has been informed by the catalysts of mourning, pain, and loss, often accompanied by a biting sense of irony. This book highlights many of the aesthetic narratives that have wielded the most profound impact on Israeli culture in the present day.

These works address both incremental and radical changes in individual and collective consciousness that have spread through Israeli culture in response to the persistent affliction of war. No other such volume exists in Hebrew or English. Students and teachers of Israeli studies will appreciate Narratives of Dissent.


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The year 1978 marked Israel's entry into Lebanon, which led to the long-term military occupation of non-sovereign territory and the long, costly war in Lebanon. In the years that followed, many Israelis found themselves alienated from the idea that their country used force only when there was no alternative, and Israeli society eventually underwent a dramatic change in attitude toward militarization and the infallibility of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture editors Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman collect nineteen essays that examine the impact of this cultural shift on Israeli visual art, music, literature, poetry, film, theatre, public broadcasting, and commemoration practices after 1978.Divided into three thematic sections-Private and Public Spaces of Commemoration and Mourning, Poetry and Prose, and Cinema and Stage-this collection presents an exciting diversity of experiences, cultural interests, and disciplinary perspectives. From the earliest wartime writings of S. Yizhar to the global phenomenon of films such as Beaufort, Waltz with Bashir, and Lebanon, the Israeli artist's imaginative and critical engagement with war and occupation has been informed by the catalysts of mourning, pain, and loss, often accompanied by a biting sense of irony. This book highlights many of the aesthetic narratives that have wielded the most profound impact on Israeli culture in the present day.These works address both incremental and radical changes in individual and collective consciousness that have spread through Israeli culture in response to the persistent affliction of war. No other such volume exists in Hebrew or English. Students and teachers of Israeli studies will appreciate Narratives of Dissent.

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"When a book like Narratives of Dissent appears, we realize that we have been waiting for it for years. This collection of essays explores not only the many obvious representations of war and conflict in Israel but also those that tend to fall under the radar of scholarly studies. In focusing on music, film, theatre, photography, monuments, internet sites, and other material artifacts of a culture of commemoration and dissent, as well as on the more canonic fiction and poetry, this volume demonstrates that nothing in Israeli society lies outside of the war culture. It also seeks to replace insularity and the dialectics of exclusion with a dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian/Arab war narratives. While specific to the Israeli and Palestinian context, it also uncovers some of the internal contradictions within cultures fashioned as democracies and constituted and punctuated by wars and ethnic cleansing-from the Athenian Polis to the American Republic."-Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination

"Narratives of Dissent is a groundbreaking volume, unprecedented in its breadth and depth. It promises to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date multidisciplinary volume on this subject for now and in the foreseeable future. The fascinating, wide-ranging discussions assembled in the volume by the two editors are a real contribution to many fields of studies: Israeli history, politics, society, literature, film, theatre, and music."-Shachar Pinsker, associate professor of Hebrew literature and culture, University of Michigan

Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780814338049
0814338046
0814338046
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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