Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

"The space of words" : diaspora and exile in the work of Nelly Sachs / by Jennifer Miller Hoyer.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: PT2637.A4184 Z657 2007

Search this record's additional resources, such as finding aids, documents, or transcripts.

No results match this search term.
Check spelling and try again.

results are loading

0 results found for “keyward


    "The Space of Words ": Diaspora and Exile in the Work of Nelly Sachs draws upon recent work on the notion of diasporic poetics and conceptions of memory within Diaspora studies and Holocaust studies to reconsider Nobel Prize-winning German-Jewish poet Nelly Sachs's (1891-1970) role in 20 th century German literature. Read traditionally as an exile and Holocaust poet, Sachs's work has been cast as a textual memorial that aims to heal the wound of the Holocaust, German-Jewish relations, and restore the German language and its literary tradition to its pre-World War II state. This reading, which has become the standard reading of Sachs's work, presumes that Sachs wrote from a relationship to language, borders, fragmentation, and memory that aims ultimately to return to an originary sacred state. Yet many of Sachs's postwar poetry cycles call precisely this reading into question. Moreover, the characteristics of her work that have been understood as a reaction to the Holocaust, and therefore as an attempt at healing, are central to the prose and poetry Sachs wrote between 1915 and 1939. Reapproaching Sachs's work drawing on Diaspora studies and developments in discourse on memory juxtaposed against conceptions of place and memory in an exilic consciousness allows a more complex reading of Sachs's work and reception, while adding new and urgent perspectives to Holocaust studies, Diaspora studies, and discussions of memory.
    Hoyer, Jennifer Miller.
    Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Minnesota, 2007.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-234).
    Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services, 2008. 22 cm.
    Dissertations and Theses

    Physical Details

    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    ii, 234 p.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Record last modified:
    2018-05-18 16:19:00
    This page:

    Additional Resources

    Librarian View

    Download & Licensing

    • Terms of Use
    • This record is digitized but cannot be downloaded online.

    In-Person Research


    Contact Us