Home » Curriculum » AL39 “Schibboleth” : Derrida’s Reading of Celan

AL39 “Schibboleth” : Derrida’s Reading of Celan

Derrida’s “Schibboleth“ is not only a profound interpretation of the unique poetry of Paul Celan, but also a meditation on his own Jewishness or even on Juadism itself. Our reading of Derrida’s text will also take us into an examination of Celan’s poetological texts, especially “The Meridian,” which is, of course, also interpreted by Derrida. A question that will also be raise is how it is possible to read Derrida’s text “for Paul Celan” as a meditation on circumcision, the Covenant “inscribed in the flesh.”

Course Specifications
Type: Compulsory
Lesson type: Lecture
Hours: 28 (5 credits)
Requirement: 1 essay
Instructor: Prof. PETER TRAWNY
Status: The course is currently not available, it was offered in 2021.
Course Readings2
Jacques Derrida, Sovereignties in Question: The Poetics of Paul Celan (Fordham, 2005)
Paul Celan, The Meridian: Final Version―Drafts―Materials (Standford, 2011)