He is No More: A Case Study of Yizkor Literature and the Israeli Commemorative Tradition, 1967-1973

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dc.contributor.advisor Troen, Ilan
dc.contributor.author Eisler, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-29T16:04:32Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-29T16:04:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/25137
dc.description.abstract Commemorative practices within Israel have received considerable scholarly attention yet remain limited and understudied. These studies focus overwhelmingly on the commemoration of Israel’s founding myths without exploring the impact of subsequent historical events on the myriad of commemorative modes. This thesis analyzes arguably the most central of these modes, Yizkor [memorial] literature, following the watershed October War of 1973 while consistently referencing Yizkor books from the Six-Day War (1967). Given the October War’s far reaching effect on Israeli society, one should naturally assume that Yizkor literature would reflect the social mood on the eve of the war however this is not necessarily the case. An analysis of similarities in the structure and content of memorial books for over 25 combat soldier, challenges popular conceptions of Yizkor literature as a private mode of commemoration while raising important questions about the nature of the commemorative genre as a whole. Against this backdrop, the thesis explores ostensibly rare instances where commemorative narratives go “off script”, expressing pain, disillusionment, and bereavement. Finally, I argue that memorial literature’s ability to remain largely insulated against the post-war discourse lies in its inherent structure.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Adam Eisler 2013
dc.title He is No More: A Case Study of Yizkor Literature and the Israeli Commemorative Tradition, 1967-1973
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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