COVID-19 update: SHOP EARLY - DELIVERY UPDATE.
Contact Us Need help? Contact us
Explore Departments
Departments

The Words and the Land

by Shlomo Sand

PUBLISHED: 15th April 2011
ISBN: 9781584350965
ANNOTATION:
How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.
Product Unavailable
OTHER FORMATS:
PUBLISHED: 15th April 2011
ISBN: 9781584350965
ANNOTATION:
How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.

Annotation

How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.

Publisher Description

How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.

The idea of the Jewish nation was conceived before the organization of the Zionist movement in the nineteenth century and continued long after the creation of the state of Israel. In The Words and the Land, post-Zionist Israeli historian Shlomo Sand examines how both Jewish and Israeli intellectuals contributed to this process. One by one, he identifies and calls into question the foundation myths of the Israeli state, beginning with the myth of a people forcibly uprooted, a people-race that began to wander the world in search of a land of asylum. This was a people that would define itself on a biological and "mythological-religious" basis, embodied in words that today feed Israeli political, literary, and historical writing: "exile," "return," and "ascent" (Alyah) to the land of its origins.

Since 1948, most intellectuals in Israel have continued to accept this ethno-national image and embrace an exclusive state identity to which only Jewish people can belong. The first challenges to this dominant idea didn't appear in Israel until the 1980s, in the innovative work of the "post-Zionist" historians, who were bent on dismantling the nationalist historical myth and arguing for a state that would belong equally to all its citizens. Analyzing how Israeli intellectuals positioned themselves during the Gulf War and in the new era of communication technologies, Sand extends his analysis globally, looking at the status of intellectuals in all societies.

Author Biography

Shlomo Sand teaches contemporary history at Tel-Aviv University. He is the author of The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, and other books.

Product Details

Author
Shlomo Sand
Series
Semiotext(e) / Active Agents
Year
2011
Translator
Ames Hodges
ISBN-10
1584350962
ISBN-13
9781584350965
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
Israeli Intellectuals and the Nationalist Myth
Country of Publication
United States
Media
Book
Pages
240
Translated from
French
Publisher
Autonomedia
Short Title
WORDS & THE LAND
Language
English
Audience Age
18
Publication Date
2011-04-15
Audience
General/Trade