Discontinuous States: Palestinian and Israeli Border Imaginaries

  • Krista Geneviève Lynes
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)


How does one critique the border as the space of a violent determination of movement and stasis by the nation-state and at the same time voice one’s firm commitment to statehood as an articulation of communal belonging?1 In “Reflections on Exile,” Edward Said notes the paradoxical drive to overcome what he terms the loneliness of exile, “without falling into the encompassing and thumping language of national pride, collective sentiments, group passions.”2 In the articulation of powerful (and often imperialist or neo-imperialist) national formations, feminist critiques of hegemonic masculinity can sometimes be allied with the emancipatory politics of subjugated communities. When nationalism and demands for statehood are themselves articulated from within counter-hegemonic struggles—as is the case with the demands for Palestinian statehood—critiques of nationalist discourse may undermine struggles for emancipation or very real demands for territory, rights or recognition. Smadar Lavie and Ted Swedenburg, for instance, argue for the political necessity of essentialism when a group or culture is faced with radical effacement: “Hybridity […] does not appear to be a viable strategy in the struggle for Palestine—a case of an exilic identity demanding to return to its historic territory.”3


Discontinuous State Representational Strategy Representational Practice Bedouin Woman Nationalist Discourse 
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