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Inextricably Bonded
Israeli Arab and Jewish Writers Re-Visioning Culture
Rachel Feldhay Brenner

Inextricably Bonded strongly warrants our attention for its luminous interpretive readings of some of the most significant works in the Israeli literary canon.”
—Ranen Omer-Sherman, Comparative Literature Studies

In the tragic reality of continuing conflict between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, this book affirms the insoluble ties between the two communities. Rachel Feldhay Brenner examines how the literatures of both groups defy the ideologies that have obscured conversation between the two peoples.

Brenner’s examination of Israel’s literature demonstrates the impact of Zionist identification with the West on the formation of the Israeli cultural canon. Readings from Jewish writers such as Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, and David Grossman, as well as from Arab writers such as Atallah Mansour, Emile Habiby, and Anton Shammas provide new insight into Israeli-Arab relations.

“As Brenner’s own discussion shows, Arab writers consistently assert in their interviews and nonfictional writing their bond with liberal Jewish writers at the very same time that they condemn the injustice of the Israeli establishment.”
—Amal Amireh, Journal of Palestine Studies

Rachel Feldhay BrennerRachel Feldhay Brenner
is the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is author of Writing as Resistance, Assimilation and Assertion, and A.M. Klein, the Father of Canadian Jewish Literature.

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The cover of Brenner's book is blue and cream colored, with an illustration of a village by the sea.

March 2010
LC: 2003007695 PJ
360 pp.   6 x 9

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“A well researched, thought-provoking study, combining the study of culture, literature, and politics.”
­—Jewish Book World

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