"The author skillfully navigates photographic theory, Zionist discourse, Israeli literary history, and Jewish literary history. The result is a highly illuminating work."—Sheila E. Jelen, University of Kentucky
Amihay offers a pioneering study of the unique nexus between literature and photography in the works of Hebrew authors. Exploring the use of photography—both as a textual element and through the inclusion of actual images— Amihay shows how the presence of visual elements in a textual work of fiction has a powerful subversive function. Contemporary Hebrew authors have turned to photography as a tool to disrupt narratives and give voice to marginalized sectors in Israel, including women, immigrants, Mizrahi Israelis, LGBTQ+ individuals, second-generation Holocaust survivors, and traumatized army veterans.
Amihay discusses standard novels alongside graphic novels, challenging the dominance of the written word in literature. In addition to providing a poetic analysis of imagetext pages, Amihay addresses the social and political issues authors are responding to, including gender roles, Zionism, the ethnic divide in Israel, and its Palestinian minority. In exploring these avant-garde novels and their authors, Amihay elevates their significance and calls for a more expansive definition of canonical Hebrew literature.
Ofra Amihay is a lecturer of Hebrew language and literature in the Department of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She is the coeditor, with Lauren Walsh, of The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures.
6 x 9, 288 pages, 19 color, 16 black and white illustrations