In "The Space of Words," Jennifer Hoyer offers the first sustained critical analysis of Sachs's largely unanalyzed prewar poetry and prose, as well as the first analysis that examines structural and thematic ties between the prewar works and the Nobel Prize-winning postwar poetry. Through close readings of both Sachs's prewar and postwar works, Hoyer reveals a diasporic rather than exilic conception of the landscape of language, a position of constant wandering rather than static longing for return. This diasporic poetics promotes the intellectual and linguistic power of the wanderer and opens new insights into Sachs's essential significance as a Holocaust poet and a twentieth-century German-Jewish writer wary of the link of literary language to geopolitics and the narrative of nations.
Jennifer M. Hoyer is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Arkansas.
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
BIC DSC, 1DFG, 2AB, 3JJ
BISAC LIT004210, LIT014000, LIT004290
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Table of Contents
Biography of the Poet:: "a frail woman must do it"
Wandering and Words, Wandering in Words
Sach's Merlin the Sorcerer: Reconfiguring the Myth as Plural
Poetic Space after the Abyss
Israel Is Not Only Land: Diasporic Poetry
Relearning to Listen: Sachs's Poem Cycle "Dein Leib im Rauch durch die Luft"