Cohen, Hella Bloom. The Literary Imagination in Israel-Palestine. Orientalism, Poetry, and Biopolitics, Postcolonialism and Religions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
This book presents a cutting-edge critical analysis of the trope of miscegenation and its biopolitical implications in contemporary Palestinian and Israeli literature, poetry, and discourse. The relationship between nationalism and demographics are examined through the narrative and poetic intrigue of intimacy between Arabs and Jews, drawing from a range of theoretical perspectives, including public sphere theory, orientalism, and critical race studies. Revisiting the controversial Brazilian writer Gilberto Freyre, who championed miscegenation in his revisionary history of Brazil, the book deploys a comparative investigation of Palestinian and Israeli writers’ preoccupation with the mixed romance. Author Hella Bloom Cohen offers new interpretations of works by Mahmoud Darwish, A.B. Yehoshua, Orly Castel-Bloom, Nathalie Handal, and Rula Jebreal, among others.
Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction to Israeli-Palestinian Literature and Postcolonial Studies: An Uneasy Relationship
- 2. Reading Freyre in the Holy Land
- 3. “The Synthetic Principle”: Darwish’s “Rita”
- 4. “Intimate Histories”: Internal Miscegenation in A. B. Yehoshua’s A Late Divorce
- 5. “Mixed Syndicate”: Poetics of Fabric under Occupation
- 6. Reading past Freyre: Disembodied Miscegenation
HELLA BLOOM COHEN is an assistant professor of English at St. Catherine University, USA. She previously held a visiting assistant professorship at Elon University, and has published on material culture and global literature.