Pursuing the Zionist Dream on the Palestinian Frontier

Acta Neophilologica

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Title Pursuing the Zionist Dream on the Palestinian Frontier
V iskanju sionističnega sna na palestinski meji
 
Creator Gohar, Saddik Mohamed
 
Subject Zionism
frontier
immigration
Palestine
narrative
history
Jews
colonization
sionizem
meja
priseljevanje
Palestina
narativ
zgodovina
judje
kolonizacija
 
Description This paper critically examines Theodore Herzl’s canonical Zionist novel, Altneuland /Old New Land as a frontier narrative which depicts the process of Jewish immigration to Palestine as an inevitable historical process aiming to rescue European Jews from persecution and establish a multi-national Utopia on the land of Palestine. Unlike radical Zionist narratives which underlie the necessity of founding a purely Jewish state in the holy land, Altneuland depicts an egalitarian and cosmopolitan community shared by Jews, Arabs and other races. The paper emphasizes that Herzl’s Zionist project in Altneuland is not an extension of western colonialism par excellence. Herzl’s narrative is a pragmatic appropriation of frontier literature depicting Palestine as a new frontier and promoting a construct of mythology about enthusiastic individuals who thrived in the desert while serving the needs of an enterprising and progressive society. Unlike western colonial narratives which necessitate the elimination of the colonized natives, Herzl’s novel assimilates the indigenous population in the emerging frontier community.
Članek kritično obravnava kanonični sionistični roman Theodora Herzla, Altneuland /Old New Land kot narativ o meji, saj predstavlja process judovskega priseljevanja v Palestino kot neizbežen zgodovinski process, ki poskuša rešiti evropske Žide pred preganjanjem in vzpostaviti večnacionalno utopijo na palestinskem ozemlju, kot egalitarno in kozmopolitsko skupnost Judov, Arabcev in drugih skupnosti.
 
Publisher Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakulte / Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
 
Date 2020-11-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/ActaNeophilologica/article/view/9677
10.4312/an.53.1-2.61-81
 
Source Acta Neophilologica; Vol 53 No 1-2 (2020); 61-81
Acta Neophilologica; L. 53 Št. 1-2 (2020); 61-81
2350-417X
0567-784X
10.4312/an.53.1-2
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/ActaNeophilologica/article/view/9677/9149
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Saddik Mohamed Gohar
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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