A Place in History
Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban SpaceBook - 2006
A Place in History is a cultural study of Tel Aviv, Israel's population center, established in 1909. It describes how a largely European Jewish immigrant society attempted to forge a home in the Mediterranean, and explores the role of memory and diaspora in the creation of a new national culture. Each chapter is devoted to a particular place in the city that has been central to its history, and includes literary, artistic, journalistic, and photographic material relating to that site.
This is the first book-length study of Tel Aviv in English. It will appeal to readers interested in urban cultures, the contemporary Middle East, modern Jewish history, and Israeli literature. It also contributes to the ongoing public debate about memory, memorials and urban identity.
A Place in History is a cultural study of Tel Aviv, Israel's population center and one of the original settlements, established in 1909. The book describes how a largely European Jewish immigrant society attempted to forge a home in the Mediterranean, and explores the difficulties and challenges of this endeavor.
Employing the words of Robert Wistrich and David Ohana, Mann (Hebrew literature, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York) describes this study of the development of the city of Tel Aviv as an examination of the "internal Jewish factors which have shaped Israeli collective consciousness and national-cultural identity during the past 100 years--in all their pluralism, ambivalence and contradictions. Each chapter attempts a "thick description" of a particular site or set of sites in order to analyze the cultural and aesthetic construction of the modernist city and its relationship with the construction of historical identity. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)