Jacqueline Kahanoff and the demise of the Levantine

Tal, David (2018) Jacqueline Kahanoff and the demise of the Levantine. Mediterranean Historical Review, 32 (2). pp. 237-254. ISSN 0951-8967

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More than anything else, Jacqueline Kahanoff is associated with the term Levantinism and, more specifically, with turning the term, which for many years had a derogatory meaning, into a positive source of identity. However, this reading of Kahanoff – namely, a carrier of the message of Levantinism as a bridge between Orient and Occident – seems to tell us more about Kahanoff’s readers than about Kahanoff herself. A careful reading of her writings reveals a different Kahanoff, a person who, more than being the originator and proponent of a new kind of identity, while moving swiftly across cultures and feeling at home nowhere because her home was everywhere, was actually well entrenched in the west, in Zionism and in Israel.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: israel levant middle east east-west
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: David Tal
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 14:17
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70364

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