W.G. Sebald: a critical companion
Jonathan James Long, Anne Whitehead
Edinburgh University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
In this first collection to appear in English, newly commissioned essays by leading scholars offer insights into the work of one of the most important writers of our time, providing a thorough assessment of his achievement. Sebald's texts deal with issues that lie at the heart of contemporary culture: memory, exile, identity, history, the Holocaust, and representation. His texts are hybrid in nature, mixing fiction, biography, historiography, travel-writing and memoir, and incorporating numerous photographic images. In response to this, the volume focuses on the key areas of travel, intertextuality, nature, and memory. Introductory chapters situate Sebald's work within the European literary tradition and within contemporary critical discourse. Individual chapters then draw on approaches from cultural and literary studies in order to explore aspects of Sebald's dazzling oeuvre. A comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources rounds off the volume.
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