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Ethics And Remembrance In The Poetry Of Nelly Sachs And Rose Auslander, Kathrin M. Bower Jan 2000

Ethics And Remembrance In The Poetry Of Nelly Sachs And Rose Auslander, Kathrin M. Bower

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This is the first comparative study in English of two German-Jewish women poets who survived the Nazi genocide but did not escape its effects. The study begins with a reading of Sachs's and Ausländer's poetry in the context of the wider scope of 'Holocaust literature.' Focusing on the poet as witness bearing the double burden of survival and remembrance, the work argues that 'work of memory'achieved by Ausländer and Sachs exemplifies the complexity of poetic reflection on trauma and history.

In addition to aesthetic considerations, the book concentrates on the implications of Sachs's and Ausländer's ...