Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in by Lital Levy

By Lital Levy

A Palestinian-Israeli poet proclaims a brand new nation whose language, “Homelandic,” is a mixture of Arabic and Hebrew. A Jewish-Israeli writer imagines a “language plague” that infects younger Hebrew audio system with previous global accents, and sends the narrator looking for his Arabic history. In Poetic Trespass, Lital Levy brings jointly such startling visions to provide the 1st in-depth learn of the connection among Hebrew and Arabic within the literature and tradition of Israel/Palestine. greater than that, she offers a charming portrait of the literary imagination’s strength to transgress political barriers and remodel principles approximately language and belonging.

Blending heritage and literature, Poetic Trespass lines the interwoven lifetime of Arabic and Hebrew in Israel/Palestine from the flip of the 20th century to the current, exposing the 2 languages’ intimate entanglements in modern works of prose, poetry, movie, and visible artwork by way of either Palestinian and Jewish voters of Israel. In a context the place excessive political and social pressures paintings to spot Jews with Hebrew and Palestinians with Arabic, Levy unearths writers who've boldly crossed over this divide to create literature within the language in their “other,” in addition to writers who carry the 2 languages into discussion to rewrite them from within.

Exploring such acts of poetic trespass, Levy introduces new readings of canonical and lesser-known authors, together with Emile Habiby, Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Anton Shammas, Saul Tchernichowsky, Samir Naqqash, Ronit Matalon, Salman Masalha, A. B. Yehoshua, and Almog Behar. via revealing unusual visions of what it capacity to put in writing in Arabic and Hebrew, Poetic Trespass will switch the way in which we comprehend literature and tradition within the shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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110t It is in the context of these problematic aspects of Kuhn's work that the recent formulations of Gerald Holton assume great importance. While Kuhn's later statements represent a narrowing focus on the more specific empirically-oriented segment of the scientific continuum, Holton's focus remains directed at the most general, metaphysically oriented elements of scientific thought. " "We are lead," he writes "to introduce the recognition of the existence and even the necessity at certain stages in the growth of science, of unverifiable, unfalsifiable, and yet not-quite-arbitrary hypotheses [in order to explain] the sometimes quite flagrant neglect of 'experimental evidence' when such evidence is contrary to a given thematic commitment.

He argues that the experiment cannot be viewed as the starting point for the purely empirical 24 Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies induction of theoretical generalizations, as spokesmen for the positivist persuasion have described it. " 94 For this reason, theoretical argument cannot possibly be transformed into an empirical confrontation carried out in terms of experimental logic. "Obviously, the choice of the language, the decision to employ it, could not be determined by the experience which its use was to make possible.

111 Equally important, whereas Kuhn's analysis of both specific and general elements lends itself to cognitive reduction and the simplification of scientific complexity, Holton carefully acknowledges the independent contributions of those intellectual elements located at a more empirically oriented level of the scientific continuum than the one he has chosen to describe. Holton has defined nine different components of scientific thought, conceptualizing "themata" as one among three distinctively different dimensions into which these components can be divided.

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