A Poetics of the Image
Paul Celan and André du Bouchet

Julian J. I. Koch

Studies In Comparative Literature 52

Legenda

  2021

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What is an image? Literary imagery is often understood as figurative speech. But images can also be visual in artworks. They can be abstract, too, if mankind is understood as an image of God. Similarly, Plato often speaks of ideas and forms in visual terms. The question of the image prompted debates in philosophy, theology, and art history for many centuries, which had a profound impact upon two of the twentieth century’s most significant European poets: the German-Jewish poet Paul Celan (1920–1970) and French-Jewish poet André du Bouchet (1924–2001). Through a wide-ranging comparative analysis of these two poets’ work, this study proposes a new understanding of the role of the image in poetry, as well as a new way of reading the two writers’ oeuvres.

Julian Johannes Immanuel Koch is a Teaching Fellow in German at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Koch, Julian J. I., A Poetics of the Image: Paul Celan and André du Bouchet, Studies In Comparative Literature, 52 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Julian J. I. Koch, A Poetics of the Image: Paul Celan and André du Bouchet, Studies In Comparative Literature, 52 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Koch, p. 47.

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Koch, Julian J. I.. 2021. A Poetics of the Image: Paul Celan and André du Bouchet, Studies In Comparative Literature, 52 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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