Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author

Michael D Birnhack

in Colonial Copyright

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661138
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746147 | DOI:
Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author

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Chapter 5 turns to the next link in the chain of colonial copyright—the initial reception of the legal transplant. It took a while for copyright law to resonate with the local communities. This chapter provides one answer, by looking closely at the Hebrew, Jewish Zionist (the Yishuv). It discusses the emergence of the Hebrew cultural field in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, covering fine arts, music, theatre, cinema, and literature. Everything in the Jewish Zionist community, the Yishuv, was Hebrew and had to be Hebrew, in its enthusiastic, national and mostly secular meaning. The image of the Hebrew author was a mixture of individuality and collectivism, romanticism and Zionism. This image had only little in common with the image of the author as imagined by the colonial copyright.

Keywords: reception; Hebrew culture; art; music; theatre; cinema; literature; Yishuv; romantic author; collectivism; Zionism

Chapter.  15839 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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