Department

English: Literature and Writing

Publication Year

2010

Abstract

Within the study of trauma literature, many scholars, from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, disagree as to whether or not a writer effectively can communicate a traumatic event through language. My study of Charlotte Delbo and Paul Celan suggests that the relationship between language and comprehension demonstrates both the limitation and the ability of language to describe the Holocaust experience. By preventing their readers from establishing a lasting referent and violating the ordinary usage of syntax, Delbo and Celan stylistically convey their Holocaust experiences through language, despite language's distinct limitations.

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