Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine

Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine

Lital Levy


A Palestinian-Israeli poet broadcasts a brand new kingdom whose language, "Homelandic," is a mix of Arabic and Hebrew. A Jewish-Israeli writer imagines a "language plague" that infects younger Hebrew audio system with outdated international accents, and sends the narrator looking for his Arabic historical past. In Poetic Trespass, Lital Levy brings jointly such startling visions to supply the 1st in-depth examine of the connection among Hebrew and Arabic within the literature and tradition of Israel/Palestine. greater than that, she offers a charming portrait of the literary imagination's strength to transgress political obstacles and rework rules approximately language and belonging.

Blending historical past and literature, Poetic Trespass lines the interwoven lifetime of Arabic and Hebrew in Israel/Palestine from the flip of the 20th century to the current, exposing the 2 languages' intimate entanglements in modern works of prose, poetry, movie, and visible paintings via either Palestinian and Jewish voters of Israel. In a context the place severe political and social pressures paintings to spot Jews with Hebrew and Palestinians with Arabic, Levy reveals writers who've boldly crossed over this divide to create literature within the language in their "other," in addition to writers who deliver the 2 languages into discussion to rewrite them from within.

Exploring such acts of poetic trespass, Levy introduces new readings of canonical and lesser-known authors, together with Emile Habiby, Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Anton Shammas, Saul Tchernichowsky, Samir Naqqash, Ronit Matalon, Salman Masalha, A. B. Yehoshua, and Almog Behar. via revealing unusual visions of what it potential to put in writing in Arabic and Hebrew, Poetic Trespass will swap the best way we comprehend literature and tradition within the shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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