From Schlemiel to Sabra

Zionist Masculinity and Palestinian Hebrew Literature
Philip Hollander
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/01/2019
ISBN: 978-0-253-04209-5
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Author Bio

Philip Hollander is Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published numerous articles and chapters dealing with Hebrew, Jewish and Israeli literature, film, and culture.


“Philip Hollander traces the image of the Israeli as the New or Muscle Jew and the role that gender, sexuality, and stereotype had in the formation of a new society.”
 — Stephen Katz, author of Red, Black, and Jew

“While the macho New Jew was admired as an ideal and has been the focus of much scholarship, Philip Hollander shows how a number of important Hebrew writers of the early days of the Yishuv were pursing alternative ideals.”
 — Naomi Sokoloff, editor of Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature

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Table of Contents


Note on Transliteration and Translation

General Introduction. A Rhetoric of Empowerment

Of Their Time and Their Places: A Biographical Introduction to the Self-Evaluative Writers

Chapter 1. Holding Out for a Hero: Crisis and the New Hebrew Man

Chapter 2. "He Needs a Stage": Masculinity, Homosociality and the Public Sphere

Chapter 3. Contested Masculinity and the Redemption of the Schlemiel

Chapter 4. Homosexual Panic and Masculinity’s Advancement

Chapter 5. Self-Evaluative Masculinity’s Interwar Apex and Eclipse

Afterword. The Lesson, Legacy, and Implications of Self-Evaluative Masculinity

Selected Bibliography