A dream of severance: Crisis of identity in palestinian fiction in Israel

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As I pondered the title of the paper from which this chapter has taken shape I could not help thinking about the changes it had undergone from one conference or symposium to another. Thus, when I was preparing its tentative draft to give as a lecture at the Arab University of Jerusalem in 1998, at a conference devoted to the Palestinian novel, the correspondence I had with the organizers of the conference contained a kind of silent dialogue concerning the last part of the title, which alternately included expressions such as "in the land occupied in 1948," "inside the occupied land," "on the inside," "inside Israel," and so on. Under whatever appellation, whether dialogue, conflict, or crisis, the issue is suggestive, especially in light of the fact that its first version was presented to an audience of Israeli intellectuals at Tel Aviv University in the same year as part of a symposium, "Fifty Years of Israeli Literature." Although this symposium was part of the festivities commemorating fifty years of Israeli independence, it was naturally not of a festive nature but rather a cultural-intellectual event intended for study, inquiry, self-criticism, and the like, as befitted such an elite group of intellectuals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalestinian Collective Memory and National Identity
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780230621633
ISBN (Print)9780230613065
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


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