The Nation and the Child

Nation building in Hebrew children’s literature, 1930–1970

Yael Darr | Tel Aviv University
ISBN 9789027200754 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264039 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The Nation and the Child – Nation Building in Hebrew Children’s Literature, 1930–1970 is the first comprehensive study to investigate the active role of children’s literature in the intensive cultural project of building a Hebrew nation.
Which social actors and institutions participated in creating a Hebrew children’s literature? How did they envision their young readership and what new cultural roles did they prescribe for them through literary texts? How tolerant was the children’s literary field to alternative or even subversive national options and how did the perceptions of the “national child” change in the transition from the pre-state Jewish settlement in Palestine to a sovereign state? This book seeks to provide answers to such questions by focusing on the literary activities of leading taste-setters and writers for children, from the most intense period of Israeli nation building – the 1930s and 1940s, the two last decades of the pre-state era, and the 1950s, the first decade following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 – through the 1960s, when the nation-building fervor gradually waned.
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“In this insightful and wide-ranging study Yael Darr offers a unique approach to the research on Hebrew nation building by showing the central role played by Hebrew children’s literature in transforming an invented culture into a living native culture that was taken for granted.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex cultural processes of nation building in general, the creation of a Hebrew children’s culture in the specific case of Israel, and the diverse and dynamic field of Hebrew children’s literature that evolved during the pre-state period and the first decades of Israeli statehood.

The Nation and the Child offers an engaging and insightful discussion of the challenges that writers, educators, and publishers faced in creating a new national Hebrew children's literature in mandatory Palestine, and the changing literary trends and political sensibilities that marked its development in post-independence Israeli society. The book is a must read for scholars of Israel studies, nationalism, and children’s literature.”
“[...] Darr’s analysis focuses on questions of broad significance to the study of how children’s literature evolves as an instrument of nation-building.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

DSY: Children's literature studies: general

Main BISAC Subject

LIT009000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018005028 | Marc record