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Back to the Future

Israeli Literature of the 1980s and 1990s

Author(s): Dvir Abramovich

Book Description

This compelling and incisive study opens a fascinating window into the key genres of writing that emerged in Israeli writing during the 1980s and 1990s, and provides new understandings about how contemporary Israeli literature evolved to be what it is today.

It examines the social and political background of the dramatic and broad transformations that took place in Israeli society during this period of transition—the Yom Kippur War, the election of the Likkud Party, the Lebanon War, the rise of postmodernism, the impact of feminism, and the collapse of national consensus—and links those developments to the literary changes that seeped into the fabric of Israeli writing of that time.

The book deals with three pivotal areas that emerged and flowered in the 1980s and 1990s—namely, Second Generation Holocaust literature, the Mizrachi novel, and detective fiction—and meticulously and comprehensively analyses the works’ subject-matters, ideas and aesthetic strategies. Extensively discussed and evaluated here are the groundbreaking themes found in the stories of the authors David Grossman, Sami Michael, Ronit Matalon, Batya Gur, Eli Amir, Shulamit Lapid, Itamar Levy, Gila Almagor, Nava Semel, Dorit Rabinyan, Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, and Lily Peri Amitai.

From best-sellers to cult-classics, from the mainstream to the marginal, Back to the Future is an important book that celebrates the creative energy of Israeli arts, and is a must-read for anyone interested in Israeli culture and fiction.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2562-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2562-X
Date of Publication: 01/12/2010
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £39.99
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Biography

Dr Dvir Abramovich is Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Jewish History and Culture and a Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He was editor of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies for eight years and President of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies from 2006 to 2010. He has published widely in the area of Israeli and Jewish literature and is co-editor of the book Testifying to the Holocaust (2008).

Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3338-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3338-X
Date of Publication: 01/11/2011
Pages / Size: 258 / A5
Price: £24.99
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