The “Isaac Generation,” 1967–1973
The escalation of armed conflict even after the 1967 War further crystallized the aqedah as an exclusively male-to-male trope, the Hebrew equivalent of the oedipal rivalry in Freud's modern “mythology.” This psychologically distorted oedipal dynamic has been the hallmark of many male writers of the 1960s. Ironically, however, the term the Isaac Generation was coined by a woman, who until recently had been identified merely by the curious pen name Avishag. This chapter uses this “anonymous” female intruder as a figurative ploy for accessing the dialogue among the post-1967 male Yitzhakim (Isaacs), as well as between them and the women who tried to shake up their internal conversation, rife with self-deprecation.
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