A Poetics of Trauma

The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch 

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Author: Ilana Szobel

Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women; Schusterman Series in Israel Studies

The work of the renowned Israeli poet, translator, peace activist and 1998 Israel Prize laureate Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005) portrays the emotional structure of a traumatized and victimized female character. Ilana Szobel’s book, the first full-length study of Ravikovitch in English, offers a theoretical discussion of the poetics of trauma and the politics of victimhood, as well as a rethinking of the notions of activity and passivity, strength and weakness. Analyzing the deep structure embodied in Ravikovitch’s work, Szobel unearths the interconnectedness of Ravikovitch’s private-poetic subjectivity and Israeli national identity, and shows how her unique poetics can help readers overcome cultural biases and sympathetically engage otherness.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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