Todd Hasak-Lowy is assistant professor of Hebrew language and literature at the University of Florida."The Emergence of Zionism in the late nineteenth century and the evolution of Zionist society in Palestine were profoundly influenced by the Hebrew literature of the day. As Todd Hasak-Lowy cogently argues in this book, Hebrew authors wrote with the belief that accurately representing Jewish society - including its history - in their texts would both record the past and establish its future course.
" "Hasak-Lowy traces the tensions between the extraliterary - the historical, social, and political - and the literary - the aesthetic, formal, and stylistic - in Hebrew fiction. Focusing on canonical texts by S. Y. Agnon, Y. H. Brenner, S. Y. Abramovitz, and S. Yizhar, the author establishes how modern Hebrew writers galvanized Jewish nationalism in nineteenth-century Europe and later articulated its character in twentieth-century Palestine."--BOOK JACKET.
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|Introduction: Hebrew Literature and the Jews' Return to History|
|Leaving the Real at the End of the Road: S. Y. Abramovitz's The Travels of Benjamin the Third|
|Between Realism and Modernism: Brenner's Mimetic Poetics of Fragmentation|
|A Mad Dog's Attack on Secularized Hebrew: Agnon's Only Yesterday|
|Modernist Encounters with the National Narrative: Land and Identity in S. Yizhar's Early Fiction|
|Epilogue: Rethinking the Center|
Todd Hasak-Lowy is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Literature at the University of Florida. His first collection of short stories, The Task of This Translator, was published in 2005; his debut novel, Captives, appeared in 2008.