Forthcoming Books

A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights, and National Identity in the New Israeli State

Orit Rozin


Sheds new light on the inner workings of the early Israeli state and the sensibilities of its population

Rozin sets her work within a solid analytical framework, drawing on a variety of historical sources portraying the voices, thoughts, and feelings of Israelis, as well as theoretical literature on the nature of modern citizenship and the relation between citizenship and nationality. She takes on both negative and positive freedoms (freedom from and freedom to) in her analysis of three discrete yet overlapping issues: the right to childhood (and freedom from coerced marriage at a tender age); the right to travel abroad (freedom of movement being a pillar of a liberal society); and the right to speak out—not only to protest without fear of reprisal, but to speak in the expectation of being heeded and recognized.
This book will appeal to scholars and students of Israeli history, law, politics, and culture, and to scholars of nation building more generally.

ORIT ROZIN is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and the author of The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism.

Self as Nation: Contemporary Hebrew Autobiography

Tamar Hess


Reveals the intimate ties between selfhood and nationality, life story and national narrative, through Hebrew autobiography

This book contributes to the history of autobiography and contemporary autobiography theory by analyzing the strategies of fragmentation that many of the writers Hess studies have adopted as ways of dealing with the conflicts between the self and the nation, between who they feel they are and what they are expected to be. Hess contrasts the predominantly masculine tradition of Hebrew autobiography with writings by women, and offers a fresh understanding of the Israeli soul and the Hebrew literary canon.

TAMAR HESS is Sidney and Betty Sarah Berg Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Language in the Department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.