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The undiscover'd country : W.G. Sebald and the poetics of travel /
edited by Markus Zisselsberger.
imprint
Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010.
description
xiii, 390 p.
ISBN
1571134654 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781571134653 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010.
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1571134654 (hardback : alk. paper)
9781571134653 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7311925
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Markus Zisselsberger is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Miami, Florida.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
For this handsome volume, Zisselsberger assembled contributions from other established Sebald experts--among them Jonathan Long--and promising newcomers, and also includes a short work by Sebald himself. Those new to Sebald would do well to study Zisselsberger's fine introduction, which sums up issues in Sebald scholarship and places the book in the context of the vast literature on Sebald. The editor organizes the essays by themes and motifs; sections include "Departures," "Textual Excursions, Expeditions, and Adventures," "Traveling Companions and Convergences," and "Topographies and Theories." Among the noteworthy contributions: an in-depth study of Sebald's relation to unconventional English writer Bruce Chatwin and a thorough, insightful treatment of Sebald and Conrad (a modified version of a chapter in her Romancing the Novel, 2007). Though it treats themes familiar to Sebald scholarship--the nature of memory, the function of travel, levitated and panoramic perspectives, the often-delayed effects of trauma, the sufferings of the melancholic--the book does not evoke the feeling of repetitiveness that so many contributions to the Sebald literature do. As is appropriate for a book on the visually oriented Sebald, illustrations appear throughout (mostly paintings by Sebald's friend Jan Peter Tripp). This book is destined to become a standard. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. McCulloh Davidson College
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Main Description
W.G. Sebald (1944-2001) is the most prominent and perhaps the most enigmatic German-language writer of recent decades. His books have had a more profound impact outside the German-speaking world than those of any other. His innovative approach to writing brings to the fore concerns that are central to contemporary culture: the relationship between memory, history, and trauma; the experience of exile and our relation to place; and the role of literature (and photography) in the remembrance of the past. This collection of essays places travel at the center of Sebald's poetics and shows how his appropriation of travel in its myriad historical and cultural forms -- the Grand Tour, the pilgrimage, the walking vacation, travel as escape -- works to craft intertextual narratives in which the pursuit of individual life stories is mapped onto a wider European cultural history of loss and destruction. Following these cues, the contributors wander the various modalities of travel in Sebald's writing in order to discover how walking, flying, sojourning and other kinds of peregrination inform the relationship between writing, reading, memory, and place in Sebald's work. At the same time, the essays uncover in innovative ways the affinities between Sebald and literary travelers like Bruce Chatwin, Franz Kafka, Adalbert Stifter, Christoph Ransmayr, and Joseph Conrad. Contributors: Christian Moser, J. J. Long, Carolin Duttlinger, Martin Klebes, Alan Itkin, James Martin, Brad Prager, Neil Christian Pages, Margaret Bruzelius, Barbara Hui, Dora Osborne, Peter Arnds. Markus Zisselsberger is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Miami, Florida.
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The first sustained interrogation of travel in Sebald's literary & essayistic work, this volume employs multivalent & new critical perspectives.
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W.G. Sebald (1944-2001) is one of the most prominent and enigmatic German-language writers of recent decades and has had more impact outside German-speaking lands than any other. His innovative, hybrid form of writing highlights concerns central to today's culture: the relationship between memory, history, and trauma; the experience of exile and the subject's relation to place; and the role of literature (and photography) in the remembrance of the past. This volume of new essays argues that travel is at the center of Sebald's poetics, functioning as the basis for the investigative method in his prose texts. Sebald appropriates travel in its various historical and cultural forms, such as the educational journey, the pilgrimage, and the walking tour, to create intertextual narratives in which the pursuit of individual life stories is mapped to a wider European cultural history of loss and destruction. The essays examine the various modalities of travel, such as walking, flying, and textual travel, their relationship to writing, reading, memory, and place, and the affinities between Sebald and other literary travelers, such as Bruce Chatwin, Franz Kafka, Adalbert Stifter, Christoph Ransmayr, and Joseph Conrad. Contributors: Christian Moser, J. J. Long, Carolin Duttlinger, Martin Klebes, Alan Itkin, James Martin, Brad Prager, Neil Christian Pages, Margaret Bruzelius, Barbara Hui, Dora Osborne, Peter Arnds. Markus Zisselsberger is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Miami, Florida.
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The first sustained interrogation of travel in Sebald's literary and essayistic work, employing multivalent and new critical perspectives.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: Fluchtträume/Traumfluchten. Journeys to the Undiscover'd Countryp. 1
Die Kunst des Fliegensp. 31
Departures
Peripatetic Liminality: Sebald and the Tradition of the Literary Walkp. 37
W. G. Sebald: The Anti-Touristp. 63
"A Wrong Turn of the Wheel": Sebald's Journeys of (In)Attentionp. 92
Textual Excursions, Expeditions, and Adventures
If You Come to a Spa: Displacing the Cure inp. 123
Campi deserti: Polar Landscapes and the Limits of Knowledge in Sebald and Ransmayrp. 142
"Eine Art Eingang zur Unterwelt": Katabasis in Austerlitzp. 161
Traveling Companions and Convergences
Convergence Insufficiency: On Seeing Passages between W. G. Sebald and the "Travel Writer" Bruce Chatwinp. 189
Tripping: On Sebald's "Stifter"p. 213
Adventure, Imprisonment, and Melancholy: Heart of Darkness and Die Ringe des Saturnp. 247
Topographies and Theories
Mapping Historical Networks in Die Ringe des Saturnp. 277
Topographical Anxiety and Dysfunctional Systemsp. 299
While the Hidden Horrors of History are Briefly Illuminated: The Poetics of Wandering in Austerlitz and Die Ringe des Saturnp. 322
Works Citedp. 345
Notes on the Contributorsp. 371
Indexp. 375
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