Tales of Love and Darkness: Zionism, the British Empire and Colonial Nostalgia in the Work of Amos Oz

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Date(s) - 06/09/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H Monash Caulfield Campus



Ever since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Yishuv’s campaign against British rule has been idealized as a period of bygone heroism and commitment. From the late 1960s, however, this nostalgia for the pre-state anti-colonial struggle was complemented, even challenged, by a divergent nostalgic force. Focusing on the novels of Amos Oz—I argue that “colonial” nostalgia for the Mandate is rooted in the geo-political effects of the 1967 war: driven by a growing sense of guilt for Israel’s occupation, Israeli authors depict Mandatory Palestine as a cosmopolitan haven in which Israelis are once again colonial subjects, free from the burden of sovereignty.


Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef is the Head of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. A literary scholar and cultural historian, his work spans a range of fields – Postcolonial Studies, Jewish Studies, and Theatre Studies, in both the British and Israeli contexts.



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