The book invites readers to a reexamination of Modern Hebrew
literature and culture from complementary critical perspectives,
through readings of texts from this corpus. Among the issues
explored are the Eastern European Jewish and Central European
Jewish versions of this literature and their battle for cultural
hegemony; the narrative of rebirth, which requires a transitional,
"pagan" developmental phase in which man and nation are united
through "primitive texts"; the challenges of literary "occupied
territory" and the "ghost language", Hebrew, with its religious
"baggage"; and South America on the map of recent Israeli
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