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Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Refugees

Ideology, Morality, and Praxis

Yossi Goldstein

A prominent aspect of the Jewish-Arab conflict over Palestine has been the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’ or ‘Nakba’—the displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians during Israel’s War of Independence. David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv’s pre-state leader and Israel’s first prime minister, was an influential figure in this process. This article investigates Ben-Gurion’s attitude toward the Palestinian refugee problem, highlighting its dynamic nature and its linkage to military developments. Contrary to the conclusions of previous research, only after the Arab states’ invasion and the war’s expansion in late May and early June 1948 did Ben-Gurion decide to oppose the refugees’ return. Undeterred by his own ethical misgivings and international efforts to secure repatriation, his view was reinforced over time, as Israel’s victories on the battlefield became unequivocal.

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Beyond the Individual Body

Spinoza's Radical Enactivism and You Were Never Really Here

Francesco Sticchi

Since the emergence of embodied cognitive theories, there has been an ever-growing interest in the application of these theories to media studies, generating a large number of analyses focusing on the affective and intellectual features of viewers’ participation. The body of the viewer has become the central object of study for film and media scholars, who examine the conceptual physicality of the viewing experience by associating body states with parallel intellectual and moral constructions. In this article, I contribute to the study of embodied cognition and cinema by drawing upon Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy, especially from his process-based notion of the body. I will put this ecological and dynamic concept of the body in connection with recent studies on enactive cognition, and define a radical enactivist approach to be applied in the discussion of the experiential dynamics of Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.

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Thomas J. Eveland

Maryellen Weimer (2016), Essential Teaching Principles: A Resource Collection for Adjunct Faculty. Madison: Magna Publications, 236 pp., ISBN 9780912150246

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Elizabeth J. McLean, Kazuki Yamada and Cameron Giles

Michael Anesko. Henry James and Queer Filiation: Hardened Bachelors of the Edwardian Era. (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 111 pp. + xv. ISBN: 978-3-319-94537-8. Hardback, $54.99.

Jane Gallop. Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019), 137 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4780-0161-4. Paperback, $23.95.

Rob Cover. Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019), pp. 164 ISBN: 978-1-138-09858-9. Hardback, $129.

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Gianni Barchiesi, Laura T. Di Summa, Joseph G. Kickasola and Peter Verstraten

Paul Taberham, Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018), xii + 214 pp., $120 (hardback), ISBN: 978-1-78533-641-6. [Also available for free under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched, ISBN: 978-1-78533-642-3].

Catalin Brylla and Mette Kramer, eds., Cognitive Theory and Documentary Film (London: Palgrave McMillan, 2019), xxi + 343 pp., $119.99 (hardback), ISBN: 9783319903316.

Julian Hanich, The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2019), 256 pp., $29.95 (paperback), ISBN: 9781474431774.

Frank Hakemulder, Moniek M. Kuijpers, Ed S. Tan, Katalin Bálint and Miruna M. Doicaru, ed. Narrative Absorption (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2017), 319 pp., $149.00 (hardback), ISBN: 9789027234162.

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Hegelianisms without Metaphysics?

David James, Bahareh Ebne Alian and Jean Terrier

The Actual and the Rational: Hegel and Objective Spirit, by Jean-François Kervégan. Translated by Daniela Ginsburg and Martin Shuster. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. xxiii + 384 pp.

Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left, by Ernst Bloch. Translated by Loren Goldman and Peter Thompson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. xxvi +109 pp.

Critique of Forms of Life, by Rahel Jaeggi. Translated by Ciaran Cronin. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018. xx + 395 pp.

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Anna Bara and Erika Monahan

On the Landing: Stories. Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy. (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2018), 192 pp., $16.95 (paperback). ISBN: 9780875807935

The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan. Sarah Cameron. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018), x + 277 pp., $49.95 (hardcover). ISBN 9781501730436.

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Wang Zhen, Alfred Tovias, Peter Bergamin, Menachem Klein, Tally Kritzman-Amir and Pnina Peri

Aron Shai, China and Israel: Chinese, Jews; Beijing, Jerusalem (1890–2018) (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019), 270 pp. Hardback, $90.00. Paperback, $29.95.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017), 298 pp. Paperback, $26.94.

Dan Tamir, Hebrew Fascism in Palestine, 1922–1942 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 210 pp. Hardback, $99.99.

Alan Dowty, Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine: Two Worlds Collide (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019), 312 pp. Hardback, $65.00.

Guy Ben-Porat and Fany Yuval, Policing Citizens: Minority Policy in Israel (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 250 pp. Hardback, $89.99.

Deborah Golden, Lauren Erdreich, and Sveta Roberman, Mothering, Education and Culture: Russian, Palestinian and Jewish Middle-Class Mothers in Israeli Society (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 225 pp. Hardback, $114.25.

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Joseph Bristley and Elizabeth Turk

Anya Bernstein, The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp. 296, 2019.

Tomas Matza, Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-being in Postsocialist Russia. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 305, 2018.

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Claire Allison, Luis I. Prádanos and Richard Scully

Frederik Byrn Køhlert, Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics, (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2019). 242 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8135-9225-1 ($29.95)

Benjamin Fraser, The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019). 328 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4773-1812-6 ($50.00)

Maaheen Ahmed, Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning within Flexible Structures (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016). 224 pp. ISBN: 978-1-496-80593-5 ($60.00)