The Brandeis library is renowned for its Judaica collection. The Schusterman Center supports Brandeis library acquisitions in the field of Israel Studies, both fiction and non-fiction. Following are some featured acquisitions for 2016-2017:
Directed by God: Jewishness in Contemporary Israeli Film and Television
by Yaron Peleg
The first study of its kind, Directed by God analyzes several representations of Jewish religiosity in Israeli film and television that challenge secular Zionism in contemporary Israeli society.
[University of Texas Press, 2016]
Life after Ruin: The Struggles over Israel's Depopulated Arab Spaces
by Noam Leshem
This book examines the radical transformation of Arab landscapes taken by Israel in the 1948 war. By looking at the spatial history of Arab villages, Leshem highlights the intricate and often intimate engagements between Jews and Arabs in the present day.
[Cambridge University Middle East Studies, 2016]
Contemporary Israel: New Insights and Scholarship
ed. Frederick Greenspan
The contradictions and competing views of modern Israel are the subject of this book. Over the past generation, a substantial body of scholarship has explored numerous aspects of the country, including its approaches to citizenship and immigration, the arts, the women’s movement, religious fundamentalism, and language; but much of that work has to date been confined within the walls of the academy. This book does not seek not to resolve either the country’s internal debates or its struggle with the Arab world, but to present a sample of contemporary scholars’ discoveries and discussions about modern Israel in an accessible way.
[NYU Press, 2016]
Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation
by Naphtaly Shem-Tov
This research follows the history of the Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theatre from 1980-2012, chronicling it as a site of celebration as well as confrontation. The Acco Festival is presented as a borderland that brings together established mainstream directors and actors, alternative artists from the fringes, and Acco’s Jewish and Arab residents.
[Academic Studies Press, 2016]
The International Diplomacy of Israel's Founders: Deception at the UN in the Quest for Palestine
by John Quigley
During the early to mid-twentieth century, the Zionist Organization secured a series of political victories on the international stage, leading to the foundation of a Jewish state and to its ability to expand its territorial control within Palestine. By comparing diplomatic statements at the United Nations and elsewhere against the historical record, this book sheds new light on the legacies of such leaders as Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Abba Eban, and Shabtai Rosenne.
[Cambridge University Press, 2014]
Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948
by Liora Halperin
Halperin questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism during the years following World War I, demonstrating how Jews in Palestine remained connected linguistically by both preference and necessity to a world outside the boundaries of the pro-Hebrew community even as it promoted Hebrew and achieved that language’s dominance.
[New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014]
Imaging the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film
by Ranen Omer-Sherman
Numerous sociological and economic studies have appeared, but no book-length study has ever addressed the tremendous range of critically imaginative portrayals of the kibbutz. This diachronic study addresses novels, short fiction, memoirs, and cinematic portrayals of the kibbutz by both kibbutz “insiders” (including those born and raised there, as well as those who joined the kibbutz as immigrants or migrants from the city) and “outsiders.”
[Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015]
Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947
by Bruce Hoffman
Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Bruce Hoffman has written one of the most detailed and sustained accounts of a terrorist and counterterrorist campaign that may ever have been seen.
[New York: Knopf Doubleday, 2015]
Israeli Feminist Scholarship: Gender, Zionism and Difference
Edited by Esther Fuchs
More than a dozen scholars give voice to cutting-edge postcolonial trends (from ecofeminism to gender identity in family life) that question traditional approaches to Zionism while highlighting nationalism as the core issue of Israeli feminist scholarship today.
[University of Texas Press, 2014]
Ethnic Minorities and Media in the Holy Land
Dan Caspi and Nelly Elias Editors
Numerous studies have noted the dual role that the media plays in the lives of minorities: portraying and influencing their assimilation into the majority society, as well as isolation there from, while also adopting new identities and preserving original ones. In this context, Israeli society provides a rare test case, as nearly half of its population is made up of various minorities.
[Vallentine Mitchell, 2014]
The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace
by Yael Aronoff
This book examines six Israeli prime ministers, asking why some of them have persisted in some hard-line positions but others have opted to become peacemakers. This book argues that some leaders do change, and above all it explains why and how such changes come about.
[Cambridge University Press, 2014]
Arab Women in Management and Leadership: Stories from Israel (1932-1988)
by Khalid Arar, Tamar Shapira, Faisal Azaiza, and Rachel Hertz-Lazarowitz
"This groundbreaking study of Arab women leaders in Israel makes a major contribution to the literature on contemporary leadership. It is a must read for anyone eager to learn social justice and activism from these extraordinary women."
[New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2013]
The Encylopedia of Hebrew Language & Linguistics Online
General Editor: Geoffrey Khan
This online resource offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day. The encyclopedia contains overview articles that provide a readable synopsis of current knowledge of the major periods and varieties of the Hebrew language as well as thematically-organized entries which provide further information on individual topics.
[The Netherlands: Brill, 2013]
Kukezim: Shorshe Gush Emunim, Tarbut ha-Mitnahalim, Te'ologyah Tsiyonit Meshihiyut Bi-Zemanenu
by Gideon Aran
This Hebrew-language text ["Kookism: The Roots of Gush Emunim, the Settler Culture, and Theology of Today's Messianic Zionism"] examines the roots of the settler movement and its success in establishing 120 settlements in a span of forty years.
[Jerusalem: Karmel, 2013]
The Palestine Post and Jerusalem Post
This newly acquired archive of the Palestine Post and the Jerusalem Post provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Late Ottoman Palestine:
The Period of Young Turk Rule
Edited by Yuval Ben-Bassat and Eyal Ginio
"The decisive consequences of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 had ramifications over the entire Ottoman Empire. Late Ottoman Palestine thus sheds light upon the last decade of Ottoman rule in Palestine, crucially dealing with the roots of Jewish-Arab conflict in the area and the early crystallization of Arab, Palestinian, and Zionist identities, along with that of an Ottoman imperial identity."
[London : I.B. Tauris, 2011]
The Bride and the Dowry:
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War
by Avi Raz
"Avi Raz places Israel’s conduct under an uncompromising lens. Mining newly declassified records in Israeli, American, British, and United Nations archives, as well as private papers of individual participants, Raz dispels the myth of overall Arab intransigence and arrives at new and unexpected conclusions."
[New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012]
What is a Palestinian State Worth?
by Sari Nusseibeh
"This book poses questions about the history, meaning, future, and resolution of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Deeply informed by political philosophy and based on decades of personal involvement with politics and social activism, Nusseibeh’s moderate voice — global in its outlook, yet truly grounded in his native city of Jerusalem — points us toward a future."
[Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press, 2011]
by Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg
Leading Israeli film scholars examine Israeli cinema as a prism that refracts collective Israeli identities through the medium and art of motion pictures. The contributors address several broad themes in this first-ever English anthology: the nation imagined on film; war, conflict, and trauma; gender, sexuality, and ethnicity; religion and Judaism; discourses of place in the age of globalism; filming the Palestinian Other; and new cinematic discourses.
[Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011]
Zionism and the Roads not Taken
by Noam Pianko
"Uncovers the thought of three key interwar Jewish intellectuals who defined Zionism's central mission as challenging the model of a sovereign nation-state...Although their models differed, each of these three thinkers conceived of a more practical and ethical paradigm of national cohesion that was not tied to a sovereign state."
[Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010]
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest
by Amos Oz
"An enchanting modern fable with a dark undertow...a tale of secrets uncovered, of actions and their consequences... In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago... A stubborn girl called Maya and her friend Matti are drawn to explore, though they know there are dangers beyond, and that at night Nehi the Mountain Demon returns to the village..."
[London: Chatto & Windus, 2010]
Latino Migrants in the Jewish State:
Undocumented Lives in Israel
by Barak Kalir
"A sophisticated study of Latino immigration in Israel . . . [that] makes a contribution not just to the study of contemporary Israel, but to the study of migrant labor, citizenship, and migration in the contemporary world."
[Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010]