Evicting the Body from its Home: The Work of Paul Celan (Masterclass)

Evicting the Body from its Home: The Work of Paul Celan (Masterclass)

Take inspiration from Paul Celan to explore the complex topics of home, refuge, and eviction in your poetry.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Paul Celan by suicide in Paris. Home was something he carried with, in, and through his body and work. Born in Czernowitz in 1920, then part of Romania and now located in Ukraine, he settled in Paris where he wrote poetry primarily in German. Celan’s parents were executed by the Nazis and, as a Jew, he wrestled with his compulsion to build poems in this language. This course will explore the workings of the body and mind, and poets will write poems that engage with themes of physical and psychological eviction, constructing refuges in which their ideas can live and thrive. The course will also touch on some psychological concepts such as derealisation, depersonalisation, and déjà vu in relation to Celan’s poetry. We will also examine contemporary work that responds to Celan’s writing (including Anne Carson, Anselm Kiefer, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Michael Nyman).

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12 week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.

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About Sarah Byrne View Profile

Sarah Byrne is a writer and editor currently living in Paris. She is writing a PhD on empathy and mental illness, using the work of Beckett and Foster Wallace to develop her thesis. Her poetry and literary criticism have appeared in numerous publications including The New Statesman and The Irish Times. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the poetry & thought journal, The Well Review. Her artistic and critical interests are varied and include subjects such as 20th century French & German history, prisons, consciousness, landscape, suicide, rap music and photography.

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