Gadamer on Celan:

Gadamer on Celan: "Who Am I and Who Are You?" and Other Essays

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Gadamer on Celan: "Who Am I and Who Are You?" and Other Essays by Hans-Georg Gadamer

Brings together all of Gadamer's published writings on Celan's poetry, and makes them available in English for the first time. This is accessible commentary on a notoriously difficult poet.

Gadamer on Celan makes all of Hans-Georg Gadamer's published writings on Paul Celan's poetry available in English for the first time. Gadamer's commentaries on Celan's work are explicitly meant for a general audience, and they are further testimony to Celan's growing importance in world literature since the Second World War. Celan's poetry has attracted the attention of many well-known figures, including Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Edmond Jabès, Otto Poggeler, and George Steiner. As Steiner has said, "It will take a long time for our sensibilities to apprehend poetry of these dimensions and this radicality." Gadamer's commentaries will help readers to listen to Celan's poetry, and to become acquainted with his only book-length commentary on a poet, using the best example of Gadamer's thinking on the relationship of philosophy and poetry.

This book also contains a translation of Who Am I and Who Are You?, the centerpiece of Gadamer's most important philosophical project since the publication of Truth and Method (1960). Who Am I and Who Are You-demonstrates Gadamer's continual engagement with the key figures of twentieth-century thought, and his responsiveness to the challenges of modernist art and its various affronts to hermeneutics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791432303
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/20/1997
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Eliezer Ben-Rafael is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. He is the author or co-author of eleven other books, the most recent of which is Language, Identity, and Social Division: The Case of Israel, and is National Chairperson of the Israel Sociological Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Remembrance of Language: An Introduction to Gadamer's Poetics," by Gerald L. Bruns


Editors' Preface

Foreword to Who Am I and Who Are You?

Foreword to the Revised Edition

Who Am I and Who Are You?

Epilogue to Who Am I and Who Are You?

Epilogue to the Revised Edition

Meaning and Concealment of Meaning in Paul Celan

A Phenomenological and Semantic Approach to Celan?

Index of Names

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