Arab Characters In Israeli Literature - Essay

Arab Characters In Israeli Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Edna Amir Coffin

SOURCE: 'The Image of the Arab in Modern Hebrew Literature,' in Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. XXI, No. 2, Spring, 1982, pp. 319-41.

[In the following essay, Coffin discusses representations of Arabs and Arab-Jewish relations in Israeli literature.]

The encounter between the Arab residents and the Jewish settlers does not resemble an epic or a western, but is, perhaps, closest to a Greek tragedy. That is to say, the clash between justice and justice . . . and like ancient tragedies, there is no hope for happy reconciliation on the basis of some magic formula.

This vision...

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