Historicising the Nakba
Contested Nakba narratives as an ongoing process
in Co-memory and melancholia
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This chapter addresses the revisionist histories of the 1948 war, spearheaded in the 1980s by historians Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim, and political scientist Ilan Pappe. It places the Nakba accounts of the Israeli ‘new historians’ with Palestinian narrations of the Nakba. It then moves to literary forms of Israeli Nakba commemoration and discursive representation. It briefly describes some accounts of the Nakba in Israeli literary narratives, from the early 1948 generation melancholic writings to works by contemporary writers these narratives gave their Palestinian protagonists a voice. Pappe is exceptional among Israelis writing on the history of 1948 in reciprocating. The waves of Palestinian Nakba historiography are explored. Moreover, it explains Osmosis by Eshkol Nevo and La Maison Dajani by Alon Hilu. Yosefa Loshitzky's discussion of victimhood as the main component of Israeli identity focuses on melancholia.

Co-memory and melancholia

Israelis memorialising the Palestinian Nakba


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