Contemporary Israeli cinema: Trauma, ethics and temporality

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"Through analysis of the complex discourse surrounding trauma and loss, this book provides a necessary examination of temporality and ethics in Israeli film and television since the turn of the millennium. The author examines posttraumatic idioms of fragmentation and incoherence, highlighting the rising resistance towards generic categories, and the turn to unconventional and paradoxical structures with unique aesthetics. Maintaining that contemporary Israeli cinema has undergone an ethical shift, the author examines the revealing traumas and denied identities that also seek alternative ways to confront ethical question of accountability. It discusses the relationships between trauma, nationalism, and cinema through the intertwined perspectives of feminism, queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies, showing how national traumas are constructed by notions of gendered, sexual, and racial identity. This innovative text highlights the complexities of discourse surrounding trauma and loss, informed by multiple categories of difference. Across each chapter various elements of Israeli film are explored, spanning from strategies used to critically examine victim-perpetrator dynamics, co-existence in temporal space, women's cinema in Israel, displacement, and queer communities and identity. Beyond its direct contribution to cinema studies and Israel studies, the book will be of interest to trauma and memory studies, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies, and cultural studies"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon; New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)1000826651, 1000826694, 100325909X, 103219409X, 1032194219, 9781003259091
ISBN (Print)9781032194097, 9781032194219
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in Middle East film and media
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Ethics in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures -- Israel -- History -- 21st century
  • Psychic trauma in motion pictures
  • Sexual minorities in motion pictures
  • Television programs -- Israel -- History -- 21st century
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Women in moving pictures


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