Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema

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In this collection, leading scholars in both film studies and Israeli studies show that beyond representing familiar historical accounts or striving to offer a more complete and accurate depiction of the past, Israeli cinema has innovatively used trauma and memory to offer insights about Israeli society and to engage with cinematic experimentation and invention. Tracing a long line of films from the 1940s up to the 2000s, the contributors use close readings of these films not only to reconstruct the past, but also to actively engage with it. Addressing both high-profile and lesser known fiction and non-fiction Israeli films, Deeper than Oblivion underlines the unique aesthetic choices many of these films make in their attempt to confront the difficulties, perhaps even impossibility, of representing trauma. By looking at recent and classic examples of Israeli films that turn to memory and trauma, this book addresses the pressing issues and disputes in the field today.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages372
ISBN (Electronic)9781441174970, 9781441199263
ISBN (Print)1441162194, 1441174974, 9781441162199
StatePublished - 2013

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Motion pictures and the conflict
  • Documentary films -- Israel -- History and criticism
  • Memory in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- Israel
  • Psychic trauma in motion pictures
  • War films -- Israel -- History and criticism
  • Arab-Israeli conflict in motion pictures


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