Prosaic Conditions: Heinrich Heine and the Spaces of Zionist Literature

Author(s): Na'ama Rokem

Prosaic Conditions

Description:

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.




Publication Information:

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Month of Publication: February

Year of Publication: 2013




Additional Information:

Institute Theme Year: 2010-2011