Rhetorics of Belonging
Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine
Dr Anna Bernard is Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Reading for the Nation 2. Exile and Liberation: Edward Said’s 'Out of Place' 3. ‘Who Would Dare to Make It Into an Abstraction’: Mourid Barghouti’s 'I Saw Ramallah' 4. ‘Israel is Not South Africa’: Amos Oz’s 'Living Utopias' 5. Intersectional Allegories: Orly Castel-Bloom and Sahar Khalifeh 6. ‘An Act of Defiance Against Them All’: Anton Shammas’ 'Arabesques' Bibliography Index
Clearly, Rhetorics of Belonging marks an important intervention in postcolonial studies. Its ambitious scope and the fact that it is one of the first accounts of Israel/Palestine in the field means that for others interested in the region, it will no doubt pose as many questions as it provides answers – whether questions concerned with generic differences, literature outside of Bernard’s timeframe, or the applicability of her ideas to other forms of cultural production from the region. One hopes that in time, these questions – and many others – will be answered.
Sophia Brown, The University of Kent, Postcolonial Studies Association
Provides rigorous insights into often overlooked experiences of nation and narration. [...] Bernard demonstrates rigour in her analysis of the chosen texts, making the book a compelling articulation of the complexities that continue to define and aid in rethinking the concept of nationhood.
Ramona Wadi Middle East Monitor
Anna Bernard’s Rhetorics of Belonging joins the small but impressive ranks of the series “Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines” as a genuinely comparative addition to literary and Middle Eastern studies. It enhances a belated focus on Palestinian literature in postcolonial studies ...
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Bernard’s writing is clear and readable, exploring a range of ideas which are significant not just for scholars of literature and nationalism, but for those with a more general interest in Palestine.
The Electronic Intifada
A fascinating, original, sophisticated yet highly readable study of Israeli and Palestinian literature.
School of Oriental and African Studies
Size: 239 × 163 mm
Publication: October 14, 2013
Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 14