New Books Network

Adriana X. Jacobs, “Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry” (U Michigan Press, 2018)
In Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2018), Adriana X. Jacobs offers a translation-centered reading of twentieth-century modern Hebrew poetry. Through close readings of poems by Esther Raab, Leah Goldberg, Avot Yeshurun, and Harold Schimmel, Jacobs shows how an intertwined poetics and praxis of translation... Read More
Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili, “Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States That Host Nonstate Actors” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In the post–Cold War era, states increasingly find themselves in conflicts with nonstate actors. Finding it difficult to fight these opponents directly, many governments instead target states that harbor or aid nonstate actors, using threats and punishment to coerce host states into stopping those groups. In their book Triadic Coercion:... Read More
Deborah E. Lipstadt, “Antisemitism: Here and Now” (Schocken, 2019)
Over the past decade, and especially in the last several years, anti-Semitic crimes have increased significantly. According to FBI Statistics, hate crimes against Jews in the US spiked 37% between 2016 and 2017. We are witnessing similar trends in Canada, where anti-Semitic crimes increased by 60% since last year, according... Read More
Oded Nir, “Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction” (SUNY Press, 2018)
Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction (SUNY Press, 2018) offers a new understanding on Israeli literature and literary history. Using Marxist theorization of the relation between literary form and social form, Oded Nir goes beyond the dominant interpretive horizon of Israeli literary criticism, that focuses on the... Read More
Michael Fischbach, “Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color” (Stanford UP, 2018)
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the great animating foreign policy issues of the twenty-first century, one that provokes fierce divisions across the world. In the United States, the issue has become increasingly politicized in recent decades. While the conflict is not a strict binary issue, varying degrees and kinds... Read More
Suzanne Schneider, “Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine” (Stanford UP, 2018)
The history of Palestine is overly political; most studies, especially of the Mandate period, when the British effectively colonized Palestine, focus on the political actors. In Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2018), Suzanne Schneider  produces a social and cultural study that does not ignore the political actors,... Read More
Seth Anziska, “Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo” (Princeton UP, 2018)
The question of Palestinian autonomy has been a key element of Middle Eastern and Arab politics for much of the last century. A new history, by Seth Anziska, Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo (Princeton University Press, 2018) redefines our understanding of the peace process and its ultimate failure:... Read More