This book examines the poetry of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Nelly Sachs. It shifts established patterns of reception by analysing the authoras reception in East and West Germany after the war and the role she came to play in theWest as a representative aPoet of Reconciliationa. The study situates Sachsa work within the framework of the debate surrounding the representation of the Holocaust, exploring the aesthetic means by which Sachs renders the aporetic tension at the heart of Adornoas writings on Holocaust art legible in her poetry. The primary question addressed is whether Sachsa poetry, in spite of the fact that it thematises the impossibility of adequate representation, has representational value, or whether it is bereft of concrete, representational meaning as a result of the often fragmented nature of her writing. In particular, theauthor confronts those critics who see a redemptive strategy at play in Sachsa work, in favour of a reading that regards her work as permeated with the concrete events of the Holocaust and irreconcilably opposed to any notion of a sense-making, redemptive paradigm.... the worlds of yesterday and today, that is, the pre- and post-Holocaust worlds, are divided by an unbridgeable ravine. ... aZwischena draws the readera#39;s attention and formally stands in the stead of the unspeakable that has oc- casioned thisanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Walter de Gruyter - 2011-09-29|