191 pages
English

From Schlemiel to Sabra

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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.


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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Date de parution 17 mai 2019
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780253042071
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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