“Part Woodcutter and Part Charlatan”: Tom Paulin’s Heidegger

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When the full extent of Martin Heidegger's commitment to Nazism emerged in the 1980s, the resulting 'Affair' provoked many poetic, dramatic and fictional treatments. In his substantial poem 'The Caravans on Lüneberg Heath' (1987), Ulster poet Tom Paulin initially responded with an impassioned critique, and he has returned to Heidegger several more times in his poetry and criticism. The result is one of the subtlest and most ambivalent treatments of the Heidegger case, which touches on some of Paulin's most urgent poetic concerns regarding hermetic language, 'dwelling without roots', and the role of the committed intellectual within an oppressive state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGerman Text Crimes
Subtitle of host publicationWriters Accused, from the 1950s to the 2000s
EditorsTom Cheesman
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789042036901
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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