• Cult-L: Song & Catastrophe: Paul Celan

    (Ivan Sokolov, UCal Berkeley)

    The lyric of Paul Celan streams straight through the watershed of 1945, the Zero Hour. It grapples with the impossible past of Holocaust—it is 't h e' "Poetry after Auschwitz": one that mourns modernity, one that concludes "the Age of the Poets." But it also sings through and beyond the terrors, toward a difficult, abstract, new experience of / in modernity. We will consider the poetry of Paul Celan along both of these axes: as the bearing of an impossible witness and as the opening of a new world. "There are / still songs to sing beyond / mankind."

    All texts will be considered in English translations (and possibly in other languages).

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