Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics
Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre

Thomas C. Connolly

Germanic Literatures 16

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26 February 2018  •  262pp

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Paul Celan (1920-1970) is perhaps the most widely read of modern German-language poets, and yet his reputation has been constructed on a small body of primary texts. Thomas C. Connolly seeks to destabilize canonical readings of Celan’s work by exploring the sous-oeuvre, the marginalized or unauthorized parts of a work that are traditionally eclipsed. These include fragments from Eingedunkelt, a cycle composed during Celan’s incarceration in a psychiatric ward, as well as aphorisms, drafts, press cuttings, reading annotations, a translation of Mallarmé, and poems from the late collections Fadensonnen and Schneepart. Engaging with theories of genetic criticism, theory of law, the history of painting, and Celan’s poetic dialogue with Osip Mandel’shtam, Peter Weiss, and Rembrandt, this study seeks to move discussions of Celan’s poetry onto less familiar ground, and to propose new ways of reading and enjoying literature.

Thomas C. Connolly is Assistant Professor in French at Yale University, New Haven.

Reviews:

  • ‘It would exceed the limits of this review to enter further into the many merits of Connolly’s monograph, from his impressive discoveries within an “oeuvre” so thoroughly examined as Celan’s, to the judiciousness of his writing... The “sous-oeuvre” that Connolly broaches can “never” be entirely disclosed: every disclosure leaves traces to be read otherwise. It is for this reason that Paul Celan’s Un nished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre calls for further readings, in every sense.’ — Kristina Mendicino, German Studies Review 42.2, May 2019, 402-404 (full text online)
  • ‘This book constitutes a refreshing approach to the work of Paul Celan... constitutes a sharp and compelling update to Celan criticism.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.3, July 2019, 355
  • ‘Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics is highly recommended, as it demonstrates that a sous-œuvre opens up a fabulous new source of interest for poetry lovers. This goes far beyond Celan’s writings.’ — Gerrit-Jan Berendse, Modern Language Review 114.4, October 2019, 894-96 (full text online)

Contents:

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Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics: Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgments
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Introduction: Celan’s Sous-Oeuvre
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30-84
Chapter 1 Learning To Read in the Pre-Text
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85-136
Chapter 2 Engaging Mallarmé
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137-195
Chapter 3 Poetry After Frankfurt
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196-217
Chapter 4 Rembrandt, Mandel’shtam, and the Limits of Ekphrasis
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218-226
Conclusion: Reading Poetry, Reading Celan
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227-243
Bibliography
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244-252
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Connolly, Thomas C., Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre, Germanic Literatures, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Thomas C. Connolly, Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre, Germanic Literatures, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Connolly, p. 47.

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Connolly, Thomas C.. 2018. Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre, Germanic Literatures, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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