Gaza as Metaphor

Gaza as Metaphor

By: Dina Matar (editor), Helga Tawil-Souri (editor)Paperback

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Open-air prison, Terror, Resistance, Occupation, Siege, Trauma, Bare humanity: irrespective of when, where, and to whom the word is uttered, Gaza immediately evokes an abundance of metaphors. Similarly, a plethora of metaphors also invoke Gaza: Crisis, Exception, Refugees, Destitution, Tunnels, Persistence. With essays written by journalists, writers, doctors, academics and others, this volume uses metaphor to record and historicize Gaza, to contextualize its everyday realities, interrogate its representations and provide an understanding on Gaza's real and symbolic significance. The essays within, written both from within Gaza and outside, touch on life and survival, the making of the Gaza Strip and its increasing isolation, the discursive and visual tools that have often shackled Gaza behind misunderstandings, and what Gaza contributes to our understanding of exception; inequality; dispossession; bio-politics; necro-power and other terms which we rely on to make sense of our world. The volume reveals how Gaza is an outcome of specific historical and spatial practices, and not simply a metaphor of a far-away humanitarian disaster or place of incomprehensible violence.Gaza As Metaphor demonstrates that Gaza is a real place, an inseparable part of the past, present, and future condition of Palestinians, in particular, and of dispossession, more generally.

About Author

Helga Tawil-Souri is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University. Dina Matar is the Director of the Centre for Media and Film Studies at SOAS, University of London and the co-editor of The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (Oxford University Press, 2014).


* Cover art by Raed Issa * Introduction by Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar * Photo by Tanya Habjouqa (from Women of Gaza series) * Section 1: Living Gaza 1. Helga Tawil-Souri, Gaza as Larger Than Life 2. Haidar Eid, Diary July 20, 2014 / Signposts on the Road to Liberation 3. Said Shehadeh, Ghazeh el Sumud: Confronting Israeli Mass Torture 4. Pierre Krahenbuhl, Gaza as a Metaphor for Unsustainability 5. Mouin Rabbani, Israel Mows the Lawn6. Naim Al Khatib, On War and Shit* Photo by Jim McFarlane (from Gaza Anti-Portraits series) [* needs to be confirmed]* Section 2: Placing Gaza 1. Khaled Hroub, Tunnels: Love, Lions and ... Absurdities 2. Jehad Abusalim, From Fence to Fence: Retelling Gaza's Story 3. Ilana Feldman, Gaza: Isolation 4. Salman Abu Sitta, Gaza Strip: The Lessons of History 5. Glenn Bowman, Gaza: Encystation * Photo by Omar Al Qattaa (children in Gaza) * Section 3: Narrating Gaza 1. Selma Dabbagh, Inventing Gaza2. Ramzy Baroud, Fighting Another Day: Gaza's Unrelenting Resistance3. Atef Alshaer, In the company of Frantz Fanon: The Israeli Wars and the National Culture of Gaza4. Ilan Pappe, Can the Pen be Mightier than the Sword? Permission to Narrate Gaza5. Dina Matar, Gaza: Image Normalization * Photo by Omar Al Qattaa (Parkour photo) * Section 4: Thinking Gaza1. Darryl Li, Gaza at the Frontiers of Zionism 2. Ariella Azoulay, Concentration-Place 3. Nimer Sultany, Repetition 4. Sara Roy, Gaza: No Se Puede Mirar - One Cannot Look, A Brief Reflection 5. Sherene Seikaly, Gaza as Archive * Biographies* Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781849046244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781849046244
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 1849046247

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