Whose People?

Wales, Israel, Palestine

Author(s) Jasmine Donahaye

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

Series: Writing Wales in English

  • January 2012 ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9780708324837
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708324844
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783164974

About The Book

Wales has a long history of interest in Palestine and Israel, and a close interest in Jews and Zionism. This monograph, the first to explore the subject, asks searching questions about the relationship that Wales has with the Israel-Palestine situation. Surveying Welsh missionary writing, fictional imaging of Jews, and the political use of Palestine and Israel, it challenges received wisdom about Welsh tolerance and liberalism, and identifies a complex and unique relationship. Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine makes an important contribution to international Jewish studies, to the study of British colonial involvement in Palestine, and to Welsh and Jewish literary and cultural history.)


"By carefully interrogating the actual written record, Jasmine Donahaye's Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine, manages to disrupt more than one historical commonplace about Welsh attitudes regarding Wales and Jews, Zionism and the Holy Land. Donahaye's pathbreaking work demonstrates that the representation of this iconic relationship has a varied and contingent history, a history constantly elided or reconfigured as the need for new representations of Wales and Welshness arose. Whose People combines careful scholarship with invigorating analysis." Professor Daniel Melia, Program in Celtic Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Introduction: A beginning and an end 1 Tracing the Wales-Israel tradition 2 The mission to convert the Jews 3 Welsh semitic discourse 4 Twentieth-century political comparisons 5 The Jewish response

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Jasmine Donahaye

Dr Jasmine Donahaye is an associate Professor in English literature and creative writing at Swansea University. She has published works of poetry as well as cultural criticism, fiction and creative non-fiction.

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