Seismography of Identities: Literary Reflections of Palestinian Identity Evolution in Israel Between 1948 and 2010

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The main focus of this study is to research both processes of change and transformation witnessed by the Palestinian national discourse since 1948 up to recent years (the chronological scope of this study ranges from 1948 to 2010) as demonstrated by literary works, mainly in novels, with an eye on understanding these processes. In other words, this book tries to understand the basic forces that shaped Palestinian discourse, from a liberal, autonomous discourse into a civic discourse within the context of Israeli citizenship.  

Sociological studies revolving around Palestinian citizens inside Israel do not offer a full understanding of internal transformations within the Palestinian society. These studies focus mainly (especially in recent decades) on the structural relationship between Israel and the Palestinian citizens. Studying the structure of this relationship informs us more about the nature of Israel, than what it tells us about Palestinian identity and its transformations. As such, the need exists for an internal indicator, or an insider view, for studying the Palestinian society. This study establishes a step forward in this direction; since it deals with the Palestinian identity from a Palestinian point of view. Literary analysis constitutes an efficient method towards achieving that goal, as it highlights certain aspects of national identity and aspirations, unattainable through other methods or research methodologies. 

In other words, this study takes into consideration the complicated relations and intricate bonding among a whole set of social, political, economic and cultural transformations inside human behavior, and consequently in identity formation.

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About the Author(s)

Manar Makhoul is a Palestinian academic from Galilee. He earned a BA in International Relations, and MA in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern & Asian Studies from Cambridge University. His research topics center around identity issues and Palestinian intellectual, political and social studies.

Translated by:Nassar Ibrahim


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