A Poetics of Trauma (Paperback)
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A Poetics of Trauma (Paperback)

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Paperback 198 Pages / Published: 07/02/2013
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The work of the renowned Israeli poet, translator, peace activist, and 1998 Israel Prize laureate Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005) portrays the emotional structure of a traumatized and victimized female character. Ilana Szobel's book, the first full-length study of Ravikovitch in English, offers a theoretical discussion of the poetics of trauma and the politics of victimhood, as well as a rethinking of the notions of activity and passivity, strength and weakness. Analyzing the deep structure embodied in Ravikovitch's work, Szobel unearths the interconnectedness of Ravikovitch's private-poetic subjectivity and Israeli national identity, and shows how her unique poetics can help readers overcome cultural biases and sympathetically engage otherness.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781611683554
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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In her theoretical analysis of the poetics of trauma and the politics of victimhood, Szobel focuses on the female character s permanent victimhood in four aspects of identity formation orphanhood, estrangement, madness, and national identity. In so doing, she creates a deviant form of subjectivity in a major departure from the Zionist expectation of healing from trauma and progression to recovery and revival. . . . Highly recommended. Choice"
With this study, Szobel offers a theoretically rigorous and compelling introduction to Ravikovitch s work, with each section suggesting various strands for future research on the poet. She builds a convincing case for an understanding of Ravikovitch s trauma that is not, to paraphrase her, trapped in binary terms or in a biological reading, but rather one that highlights and creates spaces of textual and cultural interrelation, where sites of conflict activate and engage. Hebrew Studies"
"A Poetics of Trauma pays a thoughtful tribute to a passionate and unique literary voice whose works should not be forgotten."--Jewish Book World
"Ilana Szobel's A Poetics of Trauma gives the English-reading audience tools with which to begin a serious engagement with a poet who is just coming to be read in English." --Nashim

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