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Life in Citations

Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture, 1st Edition

By Ruth Tsoffar

Routledge

264 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-19
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Description

In her latest book, Life in Citiations: Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture, Ruth Tsoffar studies several key biblical narratives that figure prominently in Israeli culture. Life in Citations provides a close reading of these narratives, along with works by contemporary Hebrew Israeli artists that respond to them. Together they read as a modern commentary on life with text, or even life under the rule of its verses, to answer questions like How can we explain the fascination and intense identification of Israelis with the Bible? What does it mean to live in such close proximity with the Bible, and What kind of story can such a life tell?

Reviews

"Interpreting Israeli-Jewish national themes from postcolonial, ethnic and feminist perspectives, the book offers a dialectical "negation of the negation" of hierarchical Zionist tropes, rather than a simple negative negation." - Uri Ram, Professor of Sociology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Biblical Habitus.

1. Costly Epiphany of Milk and Honey.

2. Gifts of Wounds: Isaac, Ishmael, and the Legacies of Abuse.

3. Ruth’s Homecoming: Meta-Bread, Transformation, and Offspring.

In Lieu of an Epilogue: Ruptured and Departure: Palestinian Breadscape.

About the Author

Ruth Tsoffar is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature, and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking a comparative approach to literary studies, this series visits the relationship of literature and language alongside a variety of interdisciplinary and transnational topics. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004210
LITERARY CRITICISM / Jewish
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT025040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion
REL006090
RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament