East/West and the Politics of RepresentationeBook - 2010
When the Hebrew edition of this groundbreaking book came out, it provoked a stormy public debate. This is a new edition of 'Israeli Cinema' with a substantial new postscript that reflects on the book s initial reception and points to exciting new trends in the cinematic representation of Israel and Palestine. Ella Shohat explores the cinema as a productive site of national culture, dating back to the early Zionist films about turn-of-the-century Palestine. She offers a deconstructionist reading of Zionism, viewing the cinema as itself participating in the invention of the nation. Unthinking the Eurocentric imaginary of East versus West , Shohat highlights the paradoxes of an anomalous national/colonial project through a number of salient issues, including the Sabra figure as a negation of the Diaspora Jew , the iconography of the land of Israel as a denial of Palestine, and the narrative role of the good Arab . The new postscript examines the emergence of a richly multiperspectival cinematic space that transcends earlier dichotomies through a palimpsestic and cross-border approach to Israel / Palestine.
Publisher: London : I. B. Tauris, 2010.
Edition: New ed.
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 377 p.) : ill.