By Gil Z. Hochberg
Partition--the concept of setting apart Jews and Arabs alongside ethnic or nationwide lines--is a legacy at the very least as previous because the Zionist-Palestinian clash. not easy the frequent "separatist mind's eye" at the back of partition, Gil Hochberg demonstrates the ways that works of latest Jewish and Arab literature reject easy notions of separatism and as a substitute exhibit complicated configurations of identification that emphasize the presence of alterity in the self--the Jew in the Arab, and the Arab in the Jew. In Spite of Partition examines Hebrew, Arabic, and French works which are principally unknown to English readers to bare how, faraway from being autonomous, the signifiers "Jew" and "Arab" are inseparable.
In a sequence of unique shut readings, Hochberg analyzes attention-grabbing examples of such inseparability. within the Palestinian author Anton Shammas's Hebrew novel Arabesques, the Israeli and Palestinian protagonists are a "schizophrenic pair" who "have now not but made up our minds who's the ventriloquist of whom." And within the Moroccan Jewish author Albert Swissa's Hebrew novel Aqud, the Moroccan-Israeli major character's identification is uneasily situated among the "Moroccan Muslim boy he might have been" and the "Jewish Israeli boy he has become." different examples draw cognizance to the tricky linguistic proximity of Hebrew and Arabic, the ancient hyperlink among the annoying thoughts of the Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakbah, and the libidinal ties that bind Jews and Arabs regardless of, or maybe as a result of, their present animosity.