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Colonial CopyrightIntellectual Property in Mandate Palestine$
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Michael D. Birnhack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661138.001.0001

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Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author

Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author

(p.109) 5 Constructing Culture and the Image of the Hebrew Author
Colonial Copyright

Michael D Birnhack

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 turns to the next link in the chain of colonial copyright—the initial reception of the legal transplant. It took a while for copyright law to resonate with the local communities. This chapter provides one answer, by looking closely at the Hebrew, Jewish Zionist (the Yishuv). It discusses the emergence of the Hebrew cultural field in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, covering fine arts, music, theatre, cinema, and literature. Everything in the Jewish Zionist community, the Yishuv, was Hebrew and had to be Hebrew, in its enthusiastic, national and mostly secular meaning. The image of the Hebrew author was a mixture of individuality and collectivism, romanticism and Zionism. This image had only little in common with the image of the author as imagined by the colonial copyright.

Keywords:   reception, Hebrew culture, art, music, theatre, cinema, literature, Yishuv, romantic author, collectivism, Zionism

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