Yehuda Amichai is Israel's foremost poet as well as a significant novelist and dramatist. He has received every major Israeli prize for literature, and his poetry has been translated into over twenty languages. Amichai has served as poet-in-residence at major universities across the United States and has been a Sequent visitor to the University of Oxford. In this volume, the world's leading authorities on Amichai explore all the major genres and themes of his work. The result is an important book that is a unique and comprehensive scholarly overview of a major twentieth-century literary figure. It will prove especially valuable to those teaching modern Hebrew literature at English-language universities.
Introduction -- A Tribute to Yehuda Amichai: How Amichai is Regarded by Egyptian Intellectuals -- Poetry -- Towards a Comprehensive Study of Amichai’s Poetry -- The Conceit as a Cardinal Style–Maker in Yehuda Amichai’s Poetry -- On the Political Significance of Amichai’s Poetry -- Yehuda Halevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol in the Early Poetry of Yehuda Amichai: Two Different Poems—Two Different Styles -- Portrait of the Poet in a Landscape -- The Metaphor of the Persona -- The “Feminine” in Yehuda Amichai’s Poetics -- Amichai and the Likrat Group: The Early Amichai and His Literary Reference Group -- Drama -- God, Jonah, and the Drama: The Actualization of a Myth -- Fiction -- Home and Abroad: The Case of Amichai’s Not of This Time, Not of This Place -- A Home Within: Place and Time in Amichai’s Fiction -- Poetic and Dramatic Elements in the Children’s Literature of Yehuda Amichai