is much more important, the volume perfectly engages with the fascination of reading Dischereit's highly intellectual prose and lyrics. Barbara Breysach Warminsko-Mazurski University Poland The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity, by Alexandra Nocke. Boston: Brill, 2009. 298 pp. $140.00. Alexandra Nocke's splendidly written and meticulously researched The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity (2009) deftly exposes the ways that the spirit of Yam Tikhoniut (or "Mediterraneanism") is employed by Israelis to expand their claustrophobic situation by relating to their locale as intrinsic to a more expansive geo-cultural space. Whether considering daily life or artistic expression, the author provides a timely and richly interdisciplinary perspective that promises to open up important new trajectories in Israel Studies as well as twenty-first-century approaches to Jewish identity. Nocke is keenly interested in journalist Zvi Bar'el's formulation of the transformative broadening of the Israeli sense of spatial belonging that has lately taken hold: "The Mediterranean Sea ceased to be a place into which Jews could be thrown, and turned into a `basin' around which one discuss[es] common regional problems" (p. 27). While fully acknowledging that such an expansion is subject to the increasingly precarious status of the peace
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Apr 9, 2010
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