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Author Gubar, Susan, 1944-

Title Poetry after Auschwitz : remembering what one never knew / Susan Gubar
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2003]


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Description xxi, 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Jewish literature and culture
Jewish literature and culture.
Contents 1. The Holocaust Is Dying -- 2. Masters Of Disaster -- 3. Suckled By Panic -- 4. About Pictures Out Of Focus -- 5. Documentary Verse Bears Witness -- 6. The Dead Speak -- 7. "Could You Have Made An Elegy For Every One?" -- 8. Poetry And Survival
Summary "In this 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, North American and British writers struggled to keep memory of it alive."
"Many contemporary writers - among them Anthony Hecht, Gerald Stern, Sylvia Plath, William Heyen, Michael Hamburger, Irena Klepfisz, Adrienne Rich, Jorie Graham, Jacqueline Osherow, and Anne Michaels - have grappled with personal and political, ethical and aesthetic consequences of the disaster. Through confessional verse and reinventions of the elegy, as well as documentary poems about photographs and trials, poets serve as proxy-witnesses of events that they did not experience firsthand. By speaking about or even as the dead, these men and women of letters elucidate what it means to cite, reconfigure, consume, or envy the traumatic memories of an earlier generation."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page) and index
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature.
American poetry -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war.
Jewish poetry -- History and criticism.
Judaism in literature.
Jews in literature.
Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Jews -- Great Britain -- Intellectual life.
War and literature -- English-speaking countries.
Judaism and literature -- English-speaking countries.
LC no. 2002004291
ISBN 0253341760 alkaline paper