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Start Archive Comparisons, n°8/2011 Poems from Under the Dark Sky. Geopoetics of Tschernowitz snd Sadogóra

Poems from Under the Dark Sky. Geopoetics of Tschernowitz snd Sadogóra

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The article describes the multilingual and multicultural phenomenon of Tschernowitz at the turn of the century – before and after the World War II – seen through the prism of the work and biography of the Jewish poets in Tschernowitz. Geopoetics, which is the methodological frame used in the analysis, is a recent topographical trend in the literary studies of Central and Eastern Europe whose main tenet is the sofar non-existent explicite, that is the search for analogies between the text and the space. The author looks at how the geographical space provides a set of rules and norms according to which the literary work is organised. Paul Celan, the author of the thesis that “Real poetry is antibiographical” delights in geopoetical metaphors, such as black milk for melancholy, which also appears in the poems by Rosy Ausländer. The fantasies of the poets of Tschernowitz become a figure of the postwar tragedy for whom the German language was a natural means of artistic expression. The answer to the question about Celan’s place in the histories of national literatures leads to the conclusion that Tschernowitz is a city-benchmark for sociological and cultural research on the issue of national identity


ISSN: 1733-165X

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