Amos Oz’s Two Pens Between Literature and Politics
The Hebrew novelist and political essayist, Amoz Oz (1939-2018), arguably Israel’s leading intellectual, was fond of describing himself as using two different pens - the first used to write works of prose and fiction, and the other to criticize the government and advocate for a political change. This volume revisits the two pens parable. It brings together scholars from various disciplines who assess Amos Oz's dual role in Israeli culture and society as an immensely popular novelist and a leading public intellectual. Next to offering an intellectual portrait, the chapters in this book highlight some of Oz's seminal works, examine their reception, evaluate key political and literary debates he was involved in, as well as trace some of the connections between the two realms of his activity. This book is a fascinating read for students, researchers, and academics of Israeli politics, history, literature, and culture. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Israeli History and are accompanied by a new afterword by the Israeli novelist Lilah Nethanel.
Introduction: Amos Oz’s two pens
Arie M. Dubnov
1. Amos Oz and the politics of identity: A reassessment
2. The greatness of smallness: Amos Oz, Sherwood Anderson, and the American presence in Hebrew Literature.
3. The American Oz: Notes on translation and reception
4. Amos Oz: A humanist in the darkness
5. "Now we shall reveal a little secret" first person plural and lyrical fluidity in the works of Amos Oz
Vered Karti Shemtov
6. "Like a cow that gave birth to a seagull": Amos Oz, Yoel Hoffmann and the birth of The Same Sea
7. Memory and space in the autobiographical writings of Amos Oz and Ronit Matalon
8. Amos Oz: The lighthouse
9. Love, compassion, and longing
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