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|Named Person:||Sylvia Plath; William Heyen; Gerald Stern; Jerome Rothenberg|
|Material Type:||Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Harriet Abbey Leibowitz Parmet
|Description:||iv, 273 leaves ; 29 cm.|
|Responsibility:||by Harriet Abbey Leibowitz Parmet.|
An age is known by the books it produces as well as by those it labors to preserve and pass on to succeeding generations. Holocaust poetry on both counts--that of-original creation as well as that of vital cultural transmission--must be counted among the most compelling writings of our day. If the late T.W. Adorno's proposition--"to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric" (109)--were to be taken literally, it would undermine the validity of this endeavor as well as the vast body of existing literature. But poets from time immemorial did not permit their world to collapse because of catastrophe and calamity.
The study includes an introductory chapter addressing the issue raised by Adorno as well as a survey and interpretation of the components of the Holocaust genre followed by chapters on each of the poets. Questions to be probed include the particularity of suffering juxtaposed on the universality of human pain; the validity and effectiveness of history recounted in the poetic genre, the poet as advocate and witness, the paradox of remoteness; the compulsion to write and rewrite Holocaust history and the uniqueness of the artists' approach to Holocaust material. To what extent does the poet's autobiographical self surface? Does God figure in any consideration of the Holocaust? (Abstract shortened by UMI.).