Date/Time: Wed 06 Sep / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tales of Love and Darkness: Zionism, the British Empire and Colonial Nostalgia in the Work of Amos Oz
As Exodus (both novel and film) reminds us, the Yishuv’s campaign against British rule in Palestine has often been idealized as a period of bygone heroism and commitment. From the late 1960s, however, Israelis’ nostalgia for the Mandate has taken up a new direction, celebrating the period’s colonial romance and cosmopolitan aura. Focusing on the work of Israel’s most renowned author, Amos Oz, this lecture asks why some Israelis long for the presence of their former imperial rulers – and how this is connected to the effects of the 1967 War.
Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef, the ACJC 2017 Don. 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.
Sonia Marejn Visiting Scholar; Head of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Wednesday 6 Sept
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H
900 Dandenong Road
For further information, please contact Amy Benjamin 9903 5016