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Poetic TrespassWriting between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine$
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Lital Levy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162485

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162485.001.0001

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“Along Came the Knife of Hebrew and Cut Us in Two”

“Along Came the Knife of Hebrew and Cut Us in Two”

Language in Mizraḥi Fiction, 1964–2010

(p.189) Chapter 5 “Along Came the Knife of Hebrew and Cut Us in Two”
Poetic Trespass

Lital Levy

Princeton University Press

This chapter investigates how Mizraḥi writers spanning three generations explored the multivalent and highly contingent meanings of Arabic and of Hebrew in their work. It examines literary negotiations of Arabic, 'ivrit tiknit, and “immigrant Hebrew” in first-and second-generation fiction. The present analysis dwells on particularly creative and innovative uses of language, but embeds them within an argument about linguistic strategies in Mizraḥi literature more broadly. This discussion inevitably expands to include other regional languages as well as the European languages of the colonial past.

Keywords:   Mizraḥi writers, Mizraḥim, Arabic, Hebrew, literature, language

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