Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Annenberg School for Communication Room 111, 3620 Walnut Street
Lital Levy, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Blending history and literature, Lital Levy’s award-winning book Poetic Trespass traces the interwoven lives of Arabic and Hebrew in Israel/Palestine from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, as expressed in prose, poetry, film, and visual art. It delves into the intimate entanglement of the two languages in the work of Jewish and Palestinian authors who, defying intense political and social pressures, choose to write in the language of the Other or to rewrite their own language from within. In this talk, Levy discusses the “presence of absence” as a shared trope of recent Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli discourses, with an emphasis on writings of Mahmoud Darwish, Almog Behar, and Ayman Sikseck.