The Evolution of Rootlessness in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature

The Evolution of Rootlessness in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature
Heddy Shait

This book offers a view on the genealogy of the 'talush' figure. The study follows the 'talush;' a significant figure in Hebrew prose at the turn of the 20th century, from his rise in Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) literature, to his more developed appearances at the beginning of the 20th century, through his transformations in Second and Third Aliyah literature, on to the prose of native born Jewish Israelis' (although it is generally assumed that these writers often wrote on the mythological Sabra in their works), and finally, after the establishments of the state of Israel, to the literature that was written in the 1960s and early 1970s, in which the term 'talush' started to lose its relevance and to come apart. The study presents the dual functioning of the 'talush': as a reflection of the issues and conflicts of his time, providing a critical view on Jewish and/or Israeli society and culture, and as a fictional literary figure used in poetical discourse between the generations of authors. A close examination of numerous stories and novels over the sequence of many years shows that the main point of the term 'talush' is bound up strongly with Jewish history and experience. Without this component, he is nothing but the kind of wandering, lost, and desperate protagonist well-known in literature all over the world. Though the figure of the 'talush' was indeed central many decades ago, its effect and influence has not ceased until today.
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Danacode:   110-20218 ISBN:  978-965-226-461-9 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   268 Weight:   700 gr Dimensions:  17X25 cm Publication Date:   01/2015 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press

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