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‘Listen your way in/with the mouth’: the Poetry of Paul Celan

7th February 2018, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 142, Professor David Fuller

In our fifth Arts of Breath event Prof David Fuller will consider the role of breath in the work of Paul Celan.

Paul Celan (1920-1970) was a Jewish Romanian-born German-language poet and translator. This lecture will examine his breath-related theories of poetic structure as described in his Georg Büchner prize speech, Meridian (1960), and as put into practice in his later poetry, particularly the collection Atemwende (Breath-turn, 1967), with illustrations from archive of recordings by Celan himself. It will also consider ways in which Celan’s work has been taken up in contemporary German culture by musicians, with a range of illustrations from the popular to the avant-garde.

David Fuller is Emeritus Professor of English at Durham, and former University Orator. He teaches on Shakespeare and has written on subjects from Medieval to contemporary. As a trained Musicologist, he is also interested in music, especially opera and song.

Free, no need to book. All welcome.

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