Cover illustration: Gal Weinstein, Sun Stand Still, 2017 metallic wool and felt and plywood 648 × 678 cm Israel Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017. Photo by: Elad Sarig.

The publication of this book is made possible with the aid of The Alexander R. Dushkin Fund of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Names: Giansante, Rocco, 1977– editor. | Goldberg, Luna, editor.

Title: Imagined Israel(s): representations of the Jewish state in the arts / edited by Rocco Giansante, Luna Goldberg.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2023] | Series: Jewish identities in a changing world, 15707997 ; volume 35 | Includes index. | Summary: “The return of Jews to their ancestral land can be seen as an act of imagination. A new country, citizenship, language, and institutions needed to be imagined in order to be created. The arts, too, have contributed to this act of envisioning and shaping the Jewish state. By examining artistic representations of Israel, Imagined Israel(s): Representations of the Jewish State in the Arts explores the ways in which the Israel imagined abroad and the one conjured within the country intersect, offering a space for the co-existence of sociopolitical, cultural, and ideological differences and tensions”—Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2022056943 (print) | LCCN 2022056944 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004530072 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004530720 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Arts, Israeli. | Popular culture—Israel. | Israel—Civilization. | Israel—In art.

Classification: LCC NX573.7.A1 I43 2023 (print) | LCC NX573.7.A1 (ebook) | DDC 704.9/4995694—dc23/eng/20230105

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ISSN 1570-7997

ISBN 978-90-04-53007-2 (hardback)

ISBN 978-90-04-53072-0 (e-book)

Copyright 2023 by Rocco Giansante and Luna Goldberg. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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