BEDOUIN POETRY AS AN ART OF MEMORY. THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE PRESENT AND THE PAST IN THE POLITICAL POETRY OF THE NEGEV BEDOUIN

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Abstract

Bedouin poetry has yet to be explored in the context of memory studies, let alone the poetry of the Negev Bedouin. This article, based on a corpus of hundreds of poems documented between the mid-1940s and late-1980s, reviews excerpts from ten political verses composed by Negev Bedouin poets. These verses attest to the power of Bedouin poetry to evoke - at times in just a word or two - a wide range of meanings, a historical depth that may be submersed in a few expressions, and the ways in which these expressions activate memories of the past to communicate something of significance about the present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-94
Number of pages23
JournalNomadic Peoples
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • 1948 War
  • art of memory
  • Bedouin poetry
  • Jewish-Arab conflict
  • Negev Bedouin
  • political poetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography

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