Poetry After Auschwitz

Poetry After Auschwitz : Remembering What One Never Knew

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In this pathbreaking study, Susan Gubar demonstrates that Theodor Adorno's famous injunction against writing poetry after Auschwitz paradoxically inspired an ongoing literary tradition. From the 1960s to the present, as the Shoah receded into a more remote European past, many contemporary writers grappled with personal and political, ethical and aesthetic consequences of the disaster. By speaking about or even as the dead, these poets tell what it means to cite, reconfigure, consume, or envy the traumatic memories of an earlier generation. This moving meditation by a major feminist critic finds in poetry a stimulant to empathy that can help us take to heart what we forget at our own peril.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 144 x 224 x 24mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w photos, 1 color photos
  • 025321887X
  • 9780253218872
  • 1,006,686

About Professor Susan Gubar

Susan Gubar is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. Her two most recent publications are Racechanges: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture and Critical Condition: Feminism at the Turn of the Century.show more

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"A sensitive and superb treatment of Holocaust literature; the author... treats Holocaustart with sensitivity, introspection, respect, and humanity in a clear, readable, and elegant prose. Gubar's book will prove to be a seminal work in Holocaust studies." -H-Holocaustshow more

Table of contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceList of Abbreviations for citations1. The Holocaust Is Dying2. Masters of Disaster3. Suckled by Panic4. About Pictures Out of Focus5. Documentary Verse Bears Witness6. The Dead Speak7. "Could You Have Made an Elegy for Every One?"8. Poetry and SurvivalNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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