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Table of Contents Acknowledgments vii List of Illustrations ix Introduction: Facing the Holocaust 1 Positioning the Spectator 1 Empathic Imagination: Identification and the Other 6 "All Poets are Yids": Translating the Holocaust 10 Poetry as Flaschenpost 17 A New Category: the Holocaustal Uncanny 23 Chapter 1: Specular Disruptions-The Sublime, the Uncanny, and Empathic Identification 31 Elements of Kant's Sublime: Subreption, Negative Presentation and Shudder 34 "To see a hundred corpses lie side to side, or five hundred or a thousand..." 37 Saul Friedlander and the Historian's Unease 42 Peter Haidu and the "strangely familiar" of Himmler's Posen Speech 46 Dominick LaCapra: Empathic Unsettlement and Compulsive Repetition 49 Crossing from the Sublime into Trauma: The Holocaustal Uncanny 55 The Uncanny Ethics of Levinas and Celan 62 Chapter 2: Catastrophe and the Uncanny in Heidegger's Fetishized Narrative 77 A Missed Encounter: Heidegger and Celan 77 Heidegger and Narrative Fetishism 79 Fear and Anxiety in Heidegger's Being and Time 84 Antigone: The Uncanny, History, and Loss of the Ethical 88 Memorial Address 95 Chapter 3: Broken Meridians-From Heidegger's Pathway to Celan's Judengasse 104 Bremen's Ghost 105 Freud's Uncanny: Doubles, Repetitions, Ghosts, Blindings and the Medusa's Head 113 Following the Path of Art: Poetry and the Uncanny 116 Translations: The Ethics of an Encounter 122 Departing From Heidegger's Feldweg 127 Mourning and Translation 132 Chapter 4: Celan's Cinematic-Anxiety of the Gaze in Nuit et Brouillard and "Engführung" 138 Resnais and the Visual Arts 146 Celan and the Visual Arts 151 Van Gogh's Cornfield with Crows: Crossing Film and Poetry 154 "Beide Welten": Inside the Camps 158 The Face and the Trace 164 Going into the Narrows: Celan's "Engführung" 172 Chapter 5: Re-figuring Celan in the Paintings of Anselm Kiefer 187 Textual Mourning for Celan In Bachmann's Malina 187 The Return of Paul Celan 195 Kiefer's Reception in Germany 199 Kiefer's Act of Decathexis: Lost Objects and Landscapes 202 Remembering Celan, Remembering the Holocaust 209 Coda: Lichtzwang 227 Chapter 6: Ghostly Demarcations-Translating Paul Celan's Poetics in Daniel Libeskind's Architectural Space 233 Trauma and the Forming of Cultural Identity 233 Translating Anxiety into Architecture 239 Entering The Jewish Museum in Berlin 244 Inscribing the Void in Architecture 250 Void and Breathturn 255 Architectural Melancholia 269 Cartography and Ruins 275 Conclusion: Mnemosyne and the Ruins of History 289 Paul Celan in Tübingen 289 Martin Walser in Frankfurt 295 Bibliography 311 Index of Names 325 Table of Contents
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Celan, Paul -- Influence.
Popular culture -- Germany.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), and the arts.
Collective memory -- Germany.
Celan, Paul -- Criticism and interpretation.