Description - Booking Passage by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi
Until the late 19th century, Jews were identified in their own religious and poetic imaginations as wanderers and exiles, their sacred centre - Jerusalem, Zion - fatefully out of reach. Opening the book on "Jewish Journeys", Sidra Ezrahi begins by examining the work of medieval Hebrew poet Yehunda Halevi to chart a journey whose end was envisioned as the sublime realignment of the people with their iriginal centre. When the Holy Land became the site of political drama of return in the 19th century, Jewish writing reflected the shift. This volume explores aspects of reterritorialization through memory in the post-Holocaust writing of Paul Celan, Dan Pagis, Aharon Appelfeld, I.B. Singer and Philip Roth. Europe, where Jews had dreamed of return, has become the new ruined shrine: the literary pilgrimages of these writers recall familiar patterns of grieving and representation and a tentative reinvention of the disaporic imagination - in America, of course, but, paradoxically, even in Zion.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi
Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi is Senior Lecturer in comparative Jewish literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the author of By Words Alone: The Holocaust in Literature (1980).