Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Celan's work as an interpretation of negative theology
by Benitez Camarena, Eliot Alejandro, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2009, 62; 1472199
Abstract (Summary)

This study purports to make a philosophical interpretation of Celan's work starting with his writing of Speech-Grille. Based on the fact of his familiarity with negative theology, an interpretive model is configured based on Adorno's concept of variation. Celan's The Meridian is explored, as it provides insights both into his reasons for adopting negative theology as a framework for the preservation of poetry and language in the context of the post-Auschwitz crisis of intellectual life, and also on keys to understanding his incorporation of philosophical notions into poetic creation. The concept of ‘negative writing’ is introduced to describe the various rhetorical mechanisms imported from negative theology into Celan's poetry which have resulted on its being seen as unexplainably hermetic. Finally, it is suggested, a somewhat less hermetic and almost prophetic vision is offered in poems such as Etched-Away, a particularly poignant turn in view of Celan's eventual suicide.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lewis, Donald F.
Commitee:
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Germanic literature, Philosophy, Theology
Keywords: Celan, Paul
Publication Number: 1472199
ISBN: 9781109487718
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