Within the vast reception history of Martin Heidegger’s philosophical thought poets, novelists, and playwrights have occupied a central place. This collection of essays opens up new perspectives by tracing the manifold, often surprising ways in which Heideggerian concepts, motifs, and concerns have been taken up in literary and poetic writing since the middle of the 20th century. In their contributions, scholars from the Americas, Asia, and Europe explore intellectual constellations between Heidegger and selected literary figures such as John Ashbery, Julia de Burgos, Paul Celan, Elfriede Jelinek, and Velimir Khlebnikov.
The volume unveils the immense creativity that crystallizes in these poetic and literary traces and disseminations of Heidegger’s thinking. Hence, it points to new and fruitful ways to critically intervene in current philosophical and literary debates.
Florian Grosser teaches in the College of the University of Chicago. His research interests lie in twentieth century continental philosophy, political and social philosophy, and aesthetics. He is the author of the monographs Revolution denken. Heidegger und das Politische 1919-1969 and Theorien der Revolution.
Nassima Sahraoui is a researcher based in Germany. Her areas of research are political theory, history of philosophy, and the intersections between literature and philosophy. She is the author of Dynamis. Eine materialistische Philosophie der Differenz and is preparing another monograph on Forms of Resistance.
Variations on a Theme of “Poetic Thinking”: An Introduction
Florian Grosser and Nassima Sahraoui
PART I: IN-BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
Text, Exegesis, and Salvation
1 Heidegger and the Critics
2 Heidegger as Introduction to Talmud
3 Reactionary Nostalgia: Badiou, Heidegger, and the Poets
Luca di Blasi
4 In the Outhouse of Being: What Satires Tell Us About Heidegger’s Philosophy
Displacing the House of Being
5 “Beth—that is the House”: Paul Celan’s Hebrew Dwelling
6 Meridians of Truth: From Heidegger’s Geography of Being to Celan’s Topology of Language
7 Handke’s Doubt: Slow Homecoming in Conversation with Heidegger
PART II: LITERARY RECEPTION POLITICS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
Hölderlin and the Poetics of the States
8 “The Right to Be”: Stevens and Heidegger on Thinking and Poetizing
9 “Victory Is an Illusion of Philosophers and Fools”: Heidegger, Faulkner, and the Ruination of the Proper
10 “The Gods are never quite forgotten”: John Ashbery’s Heidegger
11 Heidegger’s Mistress? Meditations on Dasein in David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress
Crossing the Boundaries of the Other: History, Time, and Silence
12 The Impossible Death of Julia de Burgos: Reading “¡Dádme mi número!” at the Limits of Da-sein
Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús
13 Lezama Lima and the Resurrection of the Image (An Ontological Enigma)
14 The Boundary of Ontological Time and its Crossing: ShūzōKuki’s Analysis of Japanese Poetry as an Unrealized Dialogue with Heidegger
15 Heidegger and Russian Revolutionary Nonsense
Heidegger in the Literary World shows us that we might do well in taking Heidegger’s cue and treating literature and poetry with the same care and, indeed, reverence he pays to Trakl, Rilke, and again, most of all, to Hölderlin. The editors invoke Jacques Derrida to define the ethics or politics of reading at work in the volume, but they could equally well have stayed with Heidegger to outline such principles of reading. That is, the aspiration to reach that height of critique which Heidegger called Auseinandersetzung.