The Kibbutz in Israeli Literature: Discontent in Utopia

The Kibbutz in Israeli Literature: Discontent in Utopia

A talk by Dr. Dvir Tzur, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Bunche Hall, Room 10383


Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

In this lecture, Dr. Tzur will discuss works by Israeli authors who wrote about the Israeli kibbutz, and will explore how the descriptions of the kibbutz and its members have changed throughout the years. In particular, he will explore the internal tension between the utopian ideal of the new society and the new man of the kibbutz and the realistic manifestation of the two. The tension and its importance will be discussed while using the descriptions as a mean to reflect Israeli ideas about the kibbutz, Israeli society, and the Zionist project in general. 

About the Speaker

Dvir Tzur received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on the connections between contemporary Hebrew literature and Israeli culture, including issues of home, land, nativism, nostalgia and retrospective writing. His current research is focused on the nexus between border-crossing and mysticism in contemporary Hebrew literature.

Prior coming to UCLA, Dvir was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bernard Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel. During his graduate studies, he was a member of the "Jewsand Cities" research group in Scholion - an interdisciplinary research center in Jewish Studies at theHebrew University. In addition to his scholarly publications, Dvir is the author of two novels: Inverted Letters and Regina's Orchard (Babel Publishers), and is currently working on a third. He also holds an M.A in Contemporary Jewry studies and a B.A in Communication and Sociology & Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures