National Space / Private Home: Cultural Shifts in Israeli Literature

Yehudit Katzir, Eshkol Nevo

24/02/2008 10:30 am
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What themes preoccupy Israeli literature today and how do they reflect and shape the national psyche? What space do ‘private homes’ occupy within the national one and how do they voice their own concerns? How far did Israeli literature go from the initial call for ‘one nation – one voice’?

The novelists Yehudit Katzir and Eshkol Nevo discussed these topics and more with Professor Hannah Naveh, the distinguished scholar of Israeli culture.

Yehudit Katzir

Born in Haifa in 1963,the author of Closing the Sea, Yehudit Katzir studied literature and cinema at Tel Aviv University. At present, she is an editor at Hakibbutz Hameuchad/Siman Kriah Publishing House and teaches creative writing. Katzir, a bestselling author in Israel, has published two collections of stories and novellas, two novels and two children`s books. In addition to literary prizes for individual stories, Katzir has received the Book Publishers Association`s Gold and Platinum Book Prizes, the Prime Minister`s Prize twice (1996, 2007) and the French WIZO Prize for Matisse Has the Sun in His Belly (2004). Her work has been translated into many languages.

Eshkol Nevo

Hannah Naveh

Hannah Naveh is the Dean of the Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv. She is the author of several books and articles on literature, Israeli culture and gender studies. She was the winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award.