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Prosaic Conditions: Heinrich Heine and the Spaces of Zionist Literature
by Na'ama Rokem
Northwestern University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6639-4 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2867-5
Library of Congress Classification PN842.R65 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.88924

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In her penetrating new study, Na’ama Rokem observes that prose writing—more than poetry, drama, or other genres—came to signify a historic rift that resulted in loss and disenchantment. In Prosaic Conditions, Rokem treats prose as a signifying practice—that is, a practice that creates meaning. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, prose emerges in competition with other existing practices, specifically, the practice of performance. Using Zionist literature as a test case, Rokem examines the ways in which Zionist authors put prose to use, both as a concept and as a literary mode. Writing prose enables these authors to grapple with historical, political, and spatial transformations and to understand the interrelatedness of all of these changes.


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