Tel-Aviv, the First Century brings together a broad range of disciplinary approaches and cutting-edge research to trace the development and paradoxes of Tel-Aviv as an urban center and a national symbol. Through the lenses of history, literature, urban planning, gender studies, architecture, art, and other fields, these essays reveal the place of Tel-Aviv in the life and imagination of its diverse inhabitants. The careful and insightful tracing of the development of the city's urban landscape, the relationship of its varied architecture to its competing social cultures, and its evolving place in Israel's literary imagination come together to offer a vivid and complex picture of Tel-Aviv as a microcosm of Israeli life and a vibrant modern global city.
Maoz Azaryahu is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Haifa and author of Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City. S. Ilan Troen is Stoll Family Professor of Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.
Preface: Maoz Azaryahu and Ilan Troen Introduction: Tel-Aviv Imagined and Realized / S. Ilan Troen Part 1. Historical Issues 1. Telling the Story of a Hebrew City / Yaacov Shavit 2. Tel-Aviv's Birthdays: Anniversary Celebrations, 19291959 / Maoz Azaryahu 3. Tel-Aviv's Foundation Myth: A Constructive Perspective / Hizky Shoham 4. From "European Oasis" to Downtown New York: The Image of Tel-Aviv in School Textbooks / Yoram Bar-Gal 5. Subversive Youth Cultures in Mandate Tel-Aviv / Tammy Razi 6. Dirt, Noise, and Misbehavior in the First Hebrew City: Letters of Complaint as a Historical Source / Anat Helman 7. South of Tel-Aviv and North of Jaffa--The Frontier Zone of "In Between" / Deborah S. Bernstein 8. Jaffa and Tel-Aviv before 1948: The Underground Story / Nahum Karlinsky 9. Austerity Tel-Aviv: Everyday Life, Supervision, Compliance, and Respectability / Orit Rozin Part 2. Language, Literature, and Art 10. Tel-Aviv Language Police / Zohar Shavit 11. Der Eko Fun Goles: "The Spirit of Tel-Aviv" and the Remapping of Jewish Literary History / Barbara Mann 12. A Poet and a City in Search of a Myth: On Shlomo Skulsky's Tel-Aviv Poems / Aminadav Dykman 13. Decay and Death: Urban Topoi in Literary Depictions of Tel-Aviv / Rachel Harris 14. Art and the City: The Case of Tel-Aviv / Dalia Manor Part 3. Planning and Architecture 15. The 1925 Master Plan for Tel-Aviv by Patrick Geddes / Volker M. Welter 16. Preserving Urban Heritage: From Old Jaffa to Modern Tel-Aviv / Nurit Alfasi and Roy Fabian 17. Balconies of Tel-Aviv: Cultural History and Urban Politics / Carolin Aronis 18. The Architecture of the Hyphen: The Urban Unification of Jaffa and Tel-Aviv as National Metaphor / Alona Nitzan-Shiftan Afterword: Tel-Aviv between Province and Metropolis / Maoz Azaryahu Contributors Index