Table Of Contents
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- Introduction Identity, Alterity, Childhood
- Chapter 1 Early Poems: Finding a Voice
- Chapter 2 The Influence of Jouve: Poetry as a Spiritual Vocation and the Trembling of Words
- Chapter 3 Self-Awareness and Feminine Presence: Aveu, distance, ouverture, nudité
- Chapter 4 Sacred Gestures and Talmudic Traditions: The Eros of Unknowing in Comme respirer
- Chapter 5 “Les mêmes mots débordent”: The Sacred in Guillevic’s Le chant and Vargaftig’s Un récit
- Chapter 6 Memory Work and Sacred Bonds in Un même silence and Aucun signe particulier
- Conclusion Authenticity, Historicity, Judaicity
- Chronological Overview of Works by Bernard Vargaftig
- Series Index
Gestures toward the Sacred
Oxford • Bern • Berlin • Bruxelles • New York • Wien
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Aaron Prevots is Associate Professor of French at Southwestern University. He received his PhD from Brown University. He has published articles on French poetry, a monograph on Jacques Réda and numerous translations.
About the book
The French poet Bernard Vargaftig (1934–2012), first known in 1960s literary circles as a writer mentored by Aragon, published regularly and served on the editorial boards of Action poétique and Europe. His poetry foregrounds identity and alterity, eros and notions of self, an immediate present and an onrushing past. This book examines Vargaftig’s evolution and aims. It explores his postwar search for self-acceptance, ontological rootedness and shared forward paths. Using close readings of his poetry and prose, complemented by his comments in interviews, the book particularly considers his emphasis on the sacredness of words. His spiritual yearnings, as well as a need to heal due to lingering trauma from wartime hiding, are shown to underlie his focus on allusive imagery, recurring motifs and compact structures, where silence and sound interweave. Comparative analyses are used to show how his enthusiasm for the female Other attunes us to interpersonal bonds and to the outer world’s creative surge. The study of Vargaftig through the lens of gestures toward the sacred thus highlights poetry as a healing ritual, one that facilitates not only immersion in emotion and sensation, but also a continual process of renewal and self-discovery.
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