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States of EmergencyColonialism, Literature and Law$
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Stephen Morton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318498

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318498.001.0001

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The Palestinian Tradition of the Oppressed and the Colonial Genealogy of Israel's State of Exception

The Palestinian Tradition of the Oppressed and the Colonial Genealogy of Israel's State of Exception

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(p.173) Chapter 6 The Palestinian Tradition of the Oppressed and the Colonial Genealogy of Israel's State of Exception
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States of Emergency
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Stephen Morton

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318498.003.0007

Chapter six examines the significance of emergency law during the period between the British mandate in Palestine and the formation of the State of Israel, and considers the ways in which literary narratives can shed light on the colonial genealogy of Israel’s political sovereignty. Referring again to the literary prose of counter-insurgency, I compare Maurice Callard’s novel about the end of the British colonial mandate, The City Called Holy (1954) and S. Yizhar’s fictionalised account of the Jewish military’s depopulation of Palestinian villages in 1948 in his novella Khirbet Khizeh (1949). Finally, the chapter examines the figuration of the nakba and the traumatic experience of displacement and dispossession in Ghassan Kanafani’s novella, Men in the Sun, and Elias Khoury’s Gate of the Sun. In so doing, the chapter considers how these literary texts have experimented with narrative form in such a way that is appropriate to convey the fragmented and discontinuous structure of Palestine’s history of the oppressed.

Keywords:   Palestine, Israel, occupation, emergency laws, Maurice Callard, S. Yizhar, Ghassan Kanafani, Elias Khoury

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