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The Ambiguities Of Creatureliness: From Hamann To Celan
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2017 (English)In: Literature & Theology, ISSN 0269-1205, E-ISSN 1477-4623, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 255-268Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article relates the post-war Jewish poet Paul Celan's notion of creature-liness to the narrative of the Fall as modulated by the preromantic philosopher J.G. Hamann, conceived not as transcendental spirit's fall from self-presence into the temporal, material world, but rather as an alienating process taking place in language itself, making creation hostage to instrumental reason. The article traces the influence of Hamann's poetics of attentiveness on the language theories of Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger, and shows how Celan is both fascinated by and engages critically with the idea of poetry as a "pure'' performative, pre-lapsarian language of revelation.

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Oxford journals , 2017. Vol. 31, no 3, p. 255-268
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Religious Studies Languages and Literature
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Religious Studies and Theology; Comparative Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65853DOI: 10.1093/litthe/frw031ISI: 000409171500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65853DiVA, id: diva2:1177519
Available from: 2018-01-25 Created: 2018-01-25 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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