chapter  8
Two-Way Pragmatics: From World to Text and Back
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Working most of the time within the framework of Hebrew literature, I find myself in a privileged position in this respect. Hebrew literature went through an aesthetic and linguistic rebirth about two hundred years ago in Eastern Europe, where the life experience was totally different from what had been the background against which the Hebrew language and Hebrew literature first grew. As a result Hebrew writers and readers of the nineteenth century were actually operating simultaneously within two different conceptions of reality ard two different literary systems: one acquired through direct experiences and through the non-Jewish cultural context; the other through the ancient Hebrew language and its historical and canonical texts.