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W.G. Sebald free pdf W. G. Sebald is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant writers to have emerged onto the global literary scene in recent decades, and is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Nabokov, Kafka, Borges, Calvino, Proust, and Primo Levi. W. G. Sebald - Image, Archive, Modernity offers a unique and original reading of Sebald's dazzling oeuvre, arguing that his work is concerned first and foremost with the problem of modernity. It focuses in particular on the numerous archival institutions and processes that lie at the very heart of modernity and are repeatedly thematised throughout Sebald's work. Adopting a broad definition of the archive to encompass a wide range of material practices, the book analyses the function of photography, museums, libraries, and other systems of knowledge to which Sebald's texts obsessively return. Following Foucault, such systems are seen as central to the exercise of power and the constitution of subjectivity in modernity. By undertaking a differentiated analysis that is attuned to the formal complexities of Sebald's texts, this book shows that Sebald's engagement with structures of power-knowledge is characterised by a melancholy struggle to assert autonomous selfhood in the face of the institutional and discursive determinants of subjectivity. Features * Original interdisciplinary approach * Written by an acknowledged Sebald specialist * Focus on modernity which expands the parameters of our understanding of Sebald * Fully up-to-date, taking account of all of the most recent research

About J.J. Long

J. J. Long is Professor of German at the University of Durham. He is the author of The Novels of Thomas Bernhard (Camden House, 2001), and co-editor of W. G. Sebald: A Critical Companion (Edinburgh University Press and Washington University Press, 2004). He has published widely on twentieth-century literature, and has been a recipient of the Max Kade Prize for Best Essay in Modern Austrian Literature, and a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2005). His current research focuses on German writers and photography from 1918 to the present.

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Author : J.J. Long
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
Data Published : 22 November 2007
ISBN : 0748633871
EAN : 9780748633876
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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