The Zionist Paradox

Hebrew Literature and Israeli Identity

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Author: Yigal Schwartz

Series: Schusterman Series in Israel Studies

Many contemporary Israelis suffer from a strange condition. 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 writers Abraham Mapu (1853), Theodor 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-19th century to the 1960s.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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