Understanding W.G. Sebald

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 193 pages
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"In this companion to the writer's fiction, Mark R. McCulloh investigates the reasons for Sebald's almost universal appeal. He also explores the themes, issues, and influences that dominate the writer's oeuvre. Suggesting that Sebald essentially had two literary careers - as his works appeared in German-speaking Europe and then as they appeared in the English-speaking world - McCulloh outlines the writer's reception in his homeland and in translation. McCulloh illumines the vast knowledge of European literatures that Sebald drew upon in composing his recursive and allusive narratives. He also sheds light on the interconnections that lurk beneath the surface of the writer's haunting landscapes and poignant memoirs."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

Sebalds Literary Monism
1
In Search of the Vividly Present Dead
26
Signs of an Incomprehensible Order
57
Return to the Beginning
84
The Mechanisms of Erasure and the Struggle to Recall
108
A Plangent Parting
138
Notes
153
Bibliography
175
Index
187
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