good first step in what I hope will be further work by Finkin outlining the literary and cultural implications of his findings. Leah Garrett Loti Smorgon Research Professor Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture Monash University A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry: Poetics, Politics, Accent, by Miryam Segal. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. 206 pp. $34.95. While Miryam Segal's A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry: Poetics, Politics, Accent focuses on a seemingly marginal issue, it holds the echoes of the fierce historical battle over the soul of a people. Reading this book--"a genealogy of the proto-Israeli accent as it functioned in the burgeoning Hebrew literature of Palestine" and an examination of "the role of poetry in the formation of national identity" (p. 4)--it is impossible not to admire the emotional, cultural, intellectual and political investment that was required to give modern Israeli Hebrew its sound. Contemporary Israel's immense and vibrant literary output seems to be a sheer miracle for anyone who knows that only 150 years ago Hebrew was primarily a written language, not a living tongue (almost akin to Latin). The Zionist movement, which promoted Jews' return to their ancient homeland, recognized that the "entire nationalist project depends
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2011
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