Charlotte Delbo: Writing the Afterlife

  • Lara R. CurtisEmail author


This chapter comprises a selection of poetry, prose, and theater by Charlotte Delbo, who was active in the French Resistance prior to her internment at the Auschwitz and Ravensbrück concentration camps. This chapter offers insights into the intellectual and political engagements that Delbo had with prominent people who influenced her before and after the war. It also considers ways in which these engagements reflect her poetic writings, depictions of women’s experiences in relation to the atrocities of the Holocaust, as well as interactions among her protagonists. Delbo “writes resistance” beyond the unidimensional realism of carceral atrocities by bringing the dead as well as the living into a common forum of memories extensively informed by her own traumatic experiences.


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  1. 1.Five Colleges IncorporatedAmherstUSA

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