Tel-Aviv, the First Century

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-29
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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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 European city.

Author Biography

S. Ilan Troen is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Tel-Aviv Imagined and Realizedp. xi
Historical Issues
Telling the Story of a Hebrew Cityp. 3
Tel-Aviv's Birthdays: Anniversary Celebrations, 1929-1959p. 13
Tel-Aviv's Foundation Myth: A Constructive Perspectivep. 34
From "European Oasis" to Downtown New York: The Image of Tel-Aviv in School Textbooksp. 60
Subversive Youth Cultures in Mandate Tel-Avivp. 77
Dirt, Noise, and Misbehavior in the First Hebrew City: Letters of Complaint as a Historical Sourcep. 94
South of Tel-Aviv and North of Jaffa-The Frontier Zone of "In Between"p. 115
Jaffa and Tel-Aviv before 1948: The Underground Storyp. 138
Austerity Tel-Aviv: Everyday Life, Supervision, Compliance, and Respectabilityp. 165
Language, Literature, and Art
Tel-Aviv Language Policep. 191
Der Eko Fun Goles: "The Spirit of Tel-Aviv" and the Remapping of Jewish Literary Historyp. 212
A Poet and a City in Search of a Myth: On Shlomo Skulsky's Tel-Aviv Poemsp. 236
Decay and Death: Urban Topoi in Literary Depictions of Tel-Avivp. 248
Art and the City: The Case of Tel-Avivp. 268
Planning and Architecture
The 1925 Master Plan for Tel-Aviv by Patrick Geddesp. 299
Preserving Urban Heritage: From Old Jaffa to Modern Tel-Avivp. 327
Balconies of Tel-Aviv: Cultural History and Urban Politicsp. 348
The Architecture of the Hyphen: The Urban Unification of Jaffa and Tel-Aviv as National Metaphorp. 373
Afterword: Tel-Aviv between Province and Metropolisp. 406
Contributorsp. 429
Indexp. 421
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