Connotations of place in the Hebrew novel Selected models


  • Majeed Rheimah Baghdad University - College of Languages Department of Hebrew Language


novel, significance, place, dialogues


In this research, we will try to identify "the connotations of place in the Hebrew novel." Place is one of the most important elements of the novel, as they say that it is the scene or scene of the novel’s events. The sense of place is an innate feeling inherent in the human soul that cannot be ignored or forgotten, just as we cannot forget or ignore time - that is, the time of childhood. This is why the place where a person was born and lived his childhood moments carries a deep human dimension within himself that is automatically reflected in his literary productions. Sometimes we find the writer describing the place in his novel, and at other times in his poetry.

        Since ancient times, the dictionary of writers has been full of mentioning the place, its vocabulary, and its significance. They have frequently mentioned the land and places they love in their novels because it is linked to their sensory concerns and arouses their longing and nostalgia for the places of their residence, their amusement, the pastures of their youth, and their memories. Different feelings arise depending on the writer’s connection to this place. These feelings vary between love, longing, and nostalgia for this. The place, so its connotation is love, and among haters, he said to this place: With many motives, so its connotation is unloving and repulsive.

      The spatial connotation had a great impact in highlighting the author’s point of view that he wanted to prove through the novel, which is the role that the Jews played in their writings. Therefore, researchers believed that the novelist’s life is a psychological focus in which space and time come together. The novel and the place are closely linked to each other, as it needs it to establish the structure of its world to be a stage for its events and characters. In contrast, the appearance of the place is not complete except in the novel, which helps to reveal its connotations and functions. Therefore, the place can be considered as an introduction through which one can look at the world of the novel and find out what it is. Its trends and deep meanings.

      The nature of the research that focused on studying the place in the novels necessitated the literary works of Iraqi Jewish writers because of its importance in influencing the Jews and is due to two important things: that the Jewish novelists wanted to make the place a refuge for freedom and memories. Therefore, they had to return to using the place in their novels, and they succeeded in using that place in their approaches and to serve their goal. The other matter is due to the keenness of the novelists to choose the place because the place adds psychological connotations, feelings and emotions, and that dimension appears in the novel.

The researcher - after tracking and extrapolating the novels - studied and analyzed those novels, and explained the aesthetic values and artistic advantages of the Iraqi places. Therefore, we find that the presence of the place in the fictional work is clear in the novels of Iraqi writers, and it is no secret to anyone that he achieved clear goals and proceeded in successive steps. Aiming to give the recipient a clear picture of the events of their narratives and the communication of their ideas.

      The aim of this research is to examine the influence of place memory on the productions of writers and how they included this in their productions to serve a political and social goal. The research reached an important result, which is the cultural and educational background of writers, which affects their productions and their choice of places that have a great impact on the reader because the writer’s relationship with the place is a dialectical relationship that is formed through the process of influence and being influenced between them.

      The study attempts to reach results based on an analysis of the events of the novel and the dialogues that take place in it, in a way that supports and proves the aforementioned point of view. The research concluded with a brief conclusion that included a condensed summary of this research and its most important results.