The The Meridian: Final Version-Drafts-Materials

The The Meridian: Final Version-Drafts-Materials

by Paul Celan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804739528

ISBN-13: 9780804739528

Pub. Date: 02/16/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Originally presented as a speech to the German Academy for Language and Poetry on the occasion of Celan's acceptance of the Georg Büchner Prize for literature, The Meridian is one of, if not the most important poetological statement of the second half of the twentieth century. Much more than a personal statement or occasional piece, it is a

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Originally presented as a speech to the German Academy for Language and Poetry on the occasion of Celan's acceptance of the Georg Büchner Prize for literature, The Meridian is one of, if not the most important poetological statement of the second half of the twentieth century. Much more than a personal statement or occasional piece, it is a meditation on the state of poetry and art in general and a rigorous attempt to account for what poetry is, can, and must be after the Holocaust. This definitive historico-critical edition, available for the first time in English, presents not only the first drafts, but also a vast array of notes and preparatory work and a brief essay on Osip Mandelstam, all of which work to expand the field of reference of Celan's manifesto and reveal its true scope. Rich commentaries clarify Celan's notes to authors as diverse as Leibniz, Scheler, Kafka, Hofmannsthal, Husserl, Pascal, Valéry, Heidegger, and others.

Listen to an interview about Celan's Meridian with translator Pierre Joris on the radio program Cross Cultural Poetics, hosted by poet and professor Leonard Schwartz. The shows airs on KAOS 89.3FM Olympia, Washington and is archived online by The University of Pennsylvania's Pennsound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804739528
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
02/16/2011
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface ix

Editors' Preface xi

The Origin of the Büchner-Prize Speech xiv

Presentation and Transcription xviii

The Meridian, Final Version 1

Preliminary Stages 15

Drafts

I Main Section 48

II Main Section 55

III Main Section 74

Materials

Darkness 84

The Poem 96

Breath 108

Breathturn 123

Encounter 132

Hostility to Art 149

Time Critique 161

Notes on Büchner and K. E. Franzos 175

Discarded Speech Parts 184

Materials from Other Posthumous Writings 187

Further Materials from The Meridian-Collections 199

Radio-Essay: The Poetry of Osip Mandelstam 215

Letter to Hermann Kasack of 16.5.60 222

Appendix 223

Notes 224

Editorial Comments

On the Signature and Reference System 257

On the Final and the Preliminary Versions of The Meridian Speech 257

On the Drafts of the Büchner-Speech 258

On the Materials for the Büchner-Speech 259

On Materials from Other Archival Papers 261

Index of Names 263

Facsimiles 267

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