Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine

Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine

Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine

Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine

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In 1948 the Israelites walked on water to the promised land. The
Palestinians walked on water to drown. Shot and counter-shot. Shot and
counter-shot. The Jewish people rejoin fiction; the Palestinian people,
documentary.

Jean-Luc Godard, Notre Musique (2004)

I doubt that any of us has figured out how our particularly trying
history interlocks with that of the Jews who dispossessed and now
try to rule us. But we know these histories cannot be separated,
and that the Western liberal who tries to do so violates, rather than
comprehends, both.

- Edward Said, ‘Nationalism, Human Rights, and Interpretation’ (1993)

This is a book about the cultural representation, transmission, and circulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It examines the ways in which Palestinian and Israeli writers whose work achieves the status of ‘world literature,’ in David Damrosch’s sense of texts that travel beyond their culture of origin (2003, 4), intervene in the asymmetrically waged local and international contests over the region’s political past and future. It is also a book about national narration as a reading and a writing practice, which draws its evidence from a settler-colonial context that is still only controversially recognized as such in North America and Europe. This is true even within metropolitan formations of postcolonial literary studies where, for various reasons – political, institutional, linguistic – the region’s literature has often been overlooked. The book sets out to show that an engagement with contemporary Palestinian and Israeli writing can invigorate the common . . .

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