Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - In Spite of Partition by Gil Z. Hochberg

Partition--the idea of separating Jews and Arabs along ethnic or national lines--is a legacy at least as old as the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. Challenging the widespread "separatist imagination" behind partition, Gil Hochberg demonstrates the ways in which works of contemporary Jewish and Arab literature reject simple notions of separatism and instead display complex configurations of identity that emphasize the presence of alterity within the self--the Jew within the Arab, and the Arab within the Jew. In Spite of Partition examines Hebrew, Arabic, and French works that are largely unknown to English readers to reveal how, far from being independent, the signifiers "Jew" and "Arab" are inseparable. In a series of original close readings, Hochberg analyzes fascinating examples of such inseparability. In the Palestinian writer Anton Shammas's Hebrew novel Arabesques, the Israeli and Palestinian protagonists are a "schizophrenic pair" who "have not yet decided who is the ventriloquist of whom."And in the Moroccan Jewish writer Albert Swissa's Hebrew novel Aqud, the Moroccan-Israeli main character's identity is uneasily located between the "Moroccan Muslim boy he could have been" and the "Jewish Israeli boy he has become. " Other examples draw attention to the intricate linguistic proximity of Hebrew and Arabic, the historical link between the traumatic memories of the Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakbah, and the libidinal ties that bind Jews and Arabs despite, or even because of, their current animosity.

Buy In Spite of Partition by Gil Z. Hochberg from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780691128757
ISBN-10: 0691128758
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - In Spite of Partition by Gil Z. Hochberg

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about In Spite of Partition book by Gil Z. Hochberg and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Gil Z. Hochberg

Gil Z. Hochberg is assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.