Trauma, Time, and the 'Singular Plural': The Israeli Television Series Fauda

Nurith Gertz, Raz Yosef

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Abstract

The Israeli television series Fauda tells the story of an undercover unit pursuing a notorious terrorist to avenge terror attacks that he masterminded and to prevent his future attacks. The series bolsters Israeli collectivity by re-enacting past traumas and capitalizing on the fear of traumas yet to come, but it also dismantles national unity by portraying other ways for individuals to develop relationships with the collectives to which they belong and by attempting to find alternative temporalities to 'traumatic time' that returns to haunt the present from the future. While the plot aims to reinforce national identity by overcoming situations of imminent disaster, the televisual language creates another time based on overlaps between the various narrative threads of both Israeli and Palestinian identities, thus opening up new opportunities for co-existence and another relationship between the singular and the plural.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Israeli television
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Jean-Luc Nancy
  • State of exception
  • Temporality
  • Trauma

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