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Beyond the American Difficult Poem: Paul Celan’s ‘Du liegst’ in Modernist Revolutions: American Poetry and the Paradigm of the New

Abstract : This paper presents a close reading of a late poem by German poet Paul Celan, with a view to call into question several critical assumptions relating to modernist-derived “difficulty.” By looking in detail at what makes a poem “difficult” for the reader,a fact highlighted by a comparative approach, it becomes possible to move beyond such qualities as innovative, radical or avant-garde, and to consider what truly makes up our literary knowledge.
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Xavier Kalck. Beyond the American Difficult Poem: Paul Celan’s ‘Du liegst’ in Modernist Revolutions: American Poetry and the Paradigm of the New. Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2017. ⟨halshs-02904894⟩

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