Review of The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel in International Journal of Middle East Studies v.46.
Author Orit Rozin interviewed by TLV1, March 11, 2014.
The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature and Israeli Identity
Contemporary Israelis suffer from a strange disorder. Despite the obvious successes of the Zionist enterprise and the State of Israel, tension persists, with a collective sense that something is wrong and should be better. This cognitive dissonance arises from the disjunction between "place" (defined as what Israel is really like) and "Place" (defined as the imaginary community comprised of history, myth, and dream).
Through the lens of five major works in Hebrew by Hebrew writers Abraham Mapu (1853), Theodore Herzl (1902), Yosef Luidor (1912), Moshe Shamir (1948) and Amos Oz (1963), Schwartz unearths the core of this paradox as it evolves over 100 years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s.
YIGAL SCHWARTZ is professor of Hebrew Literature and director of the Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.