n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Beth, - das ist das Haus..." - Paul Celans Gedicht Hüttenfenster und die jüdische Identität nach der Schoah

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



This text is an attempt to discuss the issue of Jewish identity as it was rendered in Paul Celan's poem Hüttenfenster. The starting point is the meridian image, the central metaphor for Celan's poetics and the (non-)identity-related confessions, which also previously appeared in Celan's prose text Gespräch im Gebirg. A detailed analysis of the poem Hüttenfenster is conducted, including the poem's complex structure which combines images of the destroyed Jewish world, the star constellations of the southern hemisphere and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, by means of which Celan wished to equip the lyrical language with a new capacity to commemorate the dead.

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