Sites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - 330 pages
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Sites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts is the first book-length study that examines Celan's impact on visual culture. Exploring poetry's relation to film, painting and architecture, this study tracks the transformation of Celan in postwar German culture and shows the extent to which his poetics accompany the country's memory politics after the Holocaust. The book posits a new theoretical model of the Holocaustal uncanny -evolving out of a crossing between Celan, Freud, Heidegger and Levinas - that provides a map for entering other modes of Holocaust representations. After probing Celan's critique of the uncanny in Heidegger, this study shifts to the translation of Celan's uncanny poetics in Resnais' film Night and Fog, Kiefer's art and Libeskind's architecture.

 

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Contents

Nothung Anselm Kiefer 1973 201
5
Specular DisruptionsThe Sublime the Uncanny
27
Catastrophe and the Uncanny in Heideggers
74
The Uncanny History and Loss of the Ethical
88
Celans Judengasse
104
Medusas Head
113
Celans CinematicAnxiety of the Gaze in Nuit
138
Refiguring Celan in the Paintings of Anselm Kiefer
187
Ghostly DemarcationsTranslating Paul Celans
233
XAxes The Jewish Museum Berlin
252
Holocaust Tower The Jewish Museum Berlin
261
Mnemosyne and the Ruins of History
290
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
306
Bibliography
313
Index of Names
327
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Dergestimte HimmelAnselm Kiefer 1980
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Eric Kligerman, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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