From Schlemiel to Sabra

From Schlemiel to Sabra : Zionist Masculinity and Palestinian Hebrew Literature

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In From Schlemiel to Sabra Philip Hollander examines how masculine ideals and images of the New Hebrew man shaped the Israeli state. In this innovative book, Hollander uncovers the complex relationship that Jews had with masculinity, interrogating narratives depicting masculinity in the new state as a transition from weak, feminized schlemiels to robust, muscular, and rugged Israelis. Turning to key literary texts by S. Y. Agnon, Y. H. Brenner, L. A. Arieli, and Aharon Reuveni, Hollander reveals how gender and sexuality were intertwined to promote a specific Zionist political agenda. A Zionist masculinity grounded in military prowess could not only protect the new state but also ensure its procreative needs and future. Self-awareness, physical power, fierce loyalty to the state and devotion to the land, humility, and nurture of the young were essential qualities that needed to be cultivated in migrants to the state. By turning to the early literature of Zionist Palestine, Hollander shows how Jews strove to construct a better Jewish future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.48mm | 367.41g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0253042062
  • 9780253042064
  • 1,952,517

Table of contents

Acknowledgements





Note on Transliteration and Translation





General Introduction. A Rhetoric of Empowerment





Of Their Time and Their Places: A Biographical Introduction to the Self-Evaluative Writers





Chapter 1. Holding Out for a Hero: Crisis and the New Hebrew Man





Chapter 2. "He Needs a Stage": Masculinity, Homosociality and the Public Sphere





Chapter 3. Contested Masculinity and the Redemption of the Schlemiel





Chapter 4. Homosexual Panic and Masculinity's Advancement





Chapter 5. Self-Evaluative Masculinity's Interwar Apex and Eclipse





Afterword. The Lesson, Legacy, and Implications of Self-Evaluative Masculinity





Selected Bibliography





Index
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About Philip Hollander

Philip Hollander is Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published numerous articles and chapters dealing with Hebrew, Jewish and Israeli literature, film, and culture.
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