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Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages$
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Jeffrey Einboden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645640

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645640.001.0001

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The New Bible In Hebrew: Whitman and Simon Halkin

The New Bible In Hebrew: Whitman and Simon Halkin

(p.124) (p.125) Chapter 5 The New Bible In Hebrew: Whitman and Simon Halkin
Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages

Jeffrey Einboden

Edinburgh University Press

The first of twin treatments of Whitman’s Middle Eastern afterlives, Chapter 5 addresses Leaves of Grass in Hebrew, reading Simon Halkin’s influential translation, his 1952 ‘Alē ‘Ēsev. Poised between antique biblical idioms and contemporary Israeli expression, Halkin’s rendition amplifies tensions original to Whitman’s own verse, replicating his fusion of psalmic form and modernist content. Reaching back to biblical precedents even while promoting experimental innovations, Chapter 5 explores Halkin’s complex attraction to Whitman’s poetic and political ‘pioneering’, rendering a Hebrew Leaves during this crucial period of personal and national self-definition.

Keywords:   Walt Whitman, Simon Halkin, Leaves of Grass, Hebrew

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