In Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine, Anna Bernard explores how Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian authors imagine their respective national collectives and how they articulate the terms of participation in these collectives. Reading key prose texts of Israeli and Palestinian authors, both fiction and nonfiction, she comments not only on the cultural and intellectual life of Israel/Palestine but also on its place within Anglo-American academia as well as on the theoretical paradigms that frame its scholarly treatment. Lucid, nuanced, and theoretically sophisticated, Bernard's book is one of the very best with which I am familiar on literature and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and should become standard reading for all those interested in the region, its politics, and its culture.

As suggested, Rhetorics of Belonging is as much a study of the literature of Israel/Palestine as an intervention in the current state of...

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