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Čitanje nečitljivog. Derida bi da svedoči za Celana
Reading of the Unreadable. Derrida Would Bear Witness for Celan

Author(s): Jovica Aćin
Subject(s): Aesthetics, Contemporary Philosophy, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Philosophy of Language, Theory of Literature
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Summary/Abstract: In his three analyses, Shibboleth pour Paul Celan, A Self-Unsealing Poetic Text and Béliers, Jacques Derrida proposed an expanding interpretation of Paul Celan’s poems. He raises the questions of translation, responsability, witnessing. These are the questions we find without doubt as essentially important to us. According to Derrida, on the other hand, the poetic text is a coded, encrypted text. For that reason, the French philosopher tries to make a deconstructive deciphering. However, Aćin suggests and shows in short that Celan’s poetry is not an encrypted text at all, but a text where every word, every phrase, and every caesura is already a deciphering which transfers itself onto the reader. Although below the surface, the living sense is clearly inscribed in the poems. It seems the reader also can only approach the unreadable elliptically, through poetic language and beyond language, invoking all possible referential contexts. When we are at the edge of the readable, mixing together the real and the imaginary, we do read and understand. Welcoming that and allowing that into our minds is like receiving a gift.

  • Page Range: 45-50
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Serbian