Adorno, Celan, and Poetry after Auschwitz

Barr Clingan, Nicolaas P. "Adorno, Celan, and the Dictum against Poetry after Auschwitz." CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly 62, no. 1 (Winter 2015): 8-22.

Based on a public forum held at Pacific Lutheran University in 2010, this article is part of a symposium on "Poetry after Auschwitz."  It contextualizes Theodor W. Adorno's famous but often misunderstood claim that "to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric" and considers Adorno's subsequent reflections on the issue of art and suffering, particularly in relationship to Paul Celan's early poem "Todesfuge" (Death Fugue). 

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