"איך זה שאינכם מפרשים את הזמן הזה?!" — החורבן ההיסטורי ו"הזמן העכשווי" בסינדרום ירושלים מאת יהושע סובול

Translated title of the contribution: "How Is It Possible that You Are Unable to Interpret Our Own Time?!" Historical Destruction and Current Times in Joshua Sobol's "Jerusalem's Syndrome"

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Abstract

Joshua Sobol' play Jerusalem's Syndrome goes back to a specially traumatic period in Jewish history — the destruction of the second Temple in AD 70 — to trace the devastating suicidal impulses which in his opinion generated past destruction and still abide in Jewish national identity, and to warn against them. I examine Sobol's decision to base the story of that destruction on historical sources, rather than on the interpretations of the Midrash legends, in order to actualize his objectives. Nevertheless, the historical paradigm is only one of the reflective practices — dramatic and theatrical — which Sobol uses in the play to expose the covert linkages between the destructive past and the dangers of another possible disaster in the near future. Ending the play with a cannibalistic act of a mother on her son allows Sobol mark the regression to the most primal place, whither the apocalyptic reality leads, as the uttermost ending of the perilous suicidal impulses.
Translated title of the contribution"How Is It Possible that You Are Unable to Interpret Our Own Time?!" Historical Destruction and Current Times in Joshua Sobol's "Jerusalem's Syndrome"
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)96-127
Number of pages32
Journalדפים למחקר בספרות
Volume19
StatePublished - 2014

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