A literature of restitution: Critical essays on W. G. Sebald

Jeanette Baxter (Editor), Valerie Henitiuk (Editor), Ben Hutchinson (Editor)

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This book investigates the crucial question of 'restitution' in the work of W. G. Sebald. Written by leading scholars from a range of disciplines, with a foreword by his English translator Anthea Bell, the essays collected in this volume place Sebald's oeuvre within the broader context of European culture in order to better understand his engagement with the ethics of aesthetics.

Whilst opening up his work to a range of under-explored areas including dissident surrealism, Anglo-Irish relations, contemporary performance practices and the writings of H. G. Adler, the volume notably returns to the original German texts. The recurring themes identified in the essays - from Sebald's carefully calibrated syntax to his self-consciousness about 'genre', from his interest in liminal spaces to his literal and metaphorical preoccupation with blindness and vision - all suggest that the 'attempt at restitution' constitutes the very essence of Sebald's understanding of literature.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-8852-0
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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