Poetry After Auschwitz (Paperback)

Remembering What One Never Knew (Jewish Literature & Culture)

By Susan Gubar

Indiana University Press, 9780253218872, 313pp.

Publication Date: October 18, 2006

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In this pathbreaking 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, many contemporary writers grappled with personal and political, ethical and aesthetic consequences of the disaster. By speaking about or even as the dead, these poets tell what it means to cite, reconfigure, consume, or envy the traumatic memories of an earlier generation. This moving meditation by a major feminist critic finds in poetry a stimulant to empathy that can help us take to heart what we forget at our own peril.

About the Author

Susan Gubar is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. Her two most recent publications are Racechanges: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture and Critical Condition: Feminism at the Turn of the Century.