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Poetry and the Question of Modernity: From Heidegger to the Present

Cooper, Ian (2020) Poetry and the Question of Modernity: From Heidegger to the Present. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature . Routledge, New York, 236 pp. ISBN 978-0-367-89427-6. E-ISBN 978-0-367-89428-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Interest in Martin Heidegger was recently reawakened by the revelations, in his newly published ‘Black Notebooks’, of the full terrible extent of his political commitments in the 1930s and 1940s. The revelations reminded us of the dark allegiances co-existing with one of the profoundest and most important philosophical projects of the twentieth century—one that is of incomparable importance for literature and especially for poetry, which Heidegger saw as embodying a receptiveness to Being and a resistance to the instrumental tendencies of modernity. Poetry and the Question of Modernity: From Heidegger to the Present is the first extended account of the relationship between Heidegger’s philosophy and the modern lyric. It argues that some of the best-known modern poets in German and English, from Paul Celan to Seamus Heaney and Les Murray, are in deep imaginative affinity with Heidegger’s enquiry into finitude, language, and Being. But the work of each of these poets challenges Heidegger because each appeals to a transcendence, taking place in language, that is inseparable from the motion of encounter with embodied others. It is thus poetry which reveals the full measure of Heidegger’s relevance in redefining modern selfhood, and poetry which reveals the depth of his blindness.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Heidegger, poetry
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern Languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > German
Depositing User: Ian Cooper
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2020 12:43 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 13:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79984 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cooper, Ian: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-0905
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