Jabotinsky as Playwright: New Texts, New Subtexts

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Jabotinsky as Playwright: New Texts, New Subtexts

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This chapter presents an analysis of one of the least studied parts of Jabotinsky's massive ocuvre, namely, the three plays he wrote in Russian in the early years of his literary career. This analysis is part of an effort to reassess the crucial transition made by Jabotinsky and other early Zionist leaders from cosmopolitanism to nationalism in the fin de siècle. It further notes that this reassessment is based on recently discovered archival and published evidence, especially, but not solely, in previously inaccessible Russian collections; and on a self-conscious attempt to produce a detached scholarly account of early Zionism that deliberately eschews intramural polemical disputes and pays special attention to the European and Russian contexts of intellectual and ideological developments in Jewish life.

Keywords: Jabotinsky; ocuvre; Russian plays; literary career; Zionist leaders; cosmopolitanism; nationalism; Zionism; Jewish life

Chapter.  7760 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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