Leaving Other People Alone

Diaspora,Zionism, and Palestine in Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Leaving Other People Alone reads contemporary North American Jewish fiction about Israel/Palestine through an anti-Zionist, diasporic lens. Aaron Kreuter argues that since Jewish diasporic fiction played a major role in establishing the centroperipheral relationship between Israel and the diaspora, it therefore also has the potential to challenge, trouble, and ultimately rework this relationship. Kreuter suggests that any fictional work that concerns itself with Israel/Palestine and Zionism comes with heightened responsibilities, primarily to make narrative space for the Palestinian worldview, the dispossessed other of the Zionist project. In engaging prose, the book features a wide range of scholarship and new, compelling readings of texts by Theodor Herzl, Leon Uris, Philip Roth, Ayelet Tsabari, and David Bezmozgis. Throughout the book, Kreuter develops his concept of diasporic heteroglossia, which is fiction’s unique ability to contain multiple, diasporic voices that resist and write back against national centres. This work makes an important and original contribution to Jewish studies, diaspora studies, and world literatures.