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.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 17 mm
"The assembled essays discuss familiar issues - including intertextuality, photography, memory and architecture - but often from original perspectives, focusing on lesser known aspects such as Sebald's poetry and his unfinished "Corsica project"." [Carolin Duttlinger; Times Literary Supplement; 07/02/2014], Carolin Duttlinger, Times Literary Supplement, 7 February 2014
"The volume's organizing principle, the question of restitution, lends this book a much clearer profile than other edited volumes on Sebald. Taken together, the contributions provide readers with an excellent overview of Sebald's oeuvre...The variety of perspectives from both within and beyond German Studies further sets this volume apart from other publications by offering fresh insights and new contexts within which to consider Sebald's works." - Lynn L. Wolff, Michigan State University. Modern Language Review, Volume 111, Part 2, April 2016
'I enjoyed every essay in this collection and recommend this book to students who encounter Sebald in any of their university courses, and for any reader who has already embarked on a journey with Sebald. The collection is fresh, adding a completely new set of reference points for the scholar and opens up underdeveloped areas for further research, for example, Sebald and the theatre. This book adds to the already rich body of work surrounding Sebald, and reading it will leave the reader in even greater awe of this great writer.'
Tielman de Villiers. University of Hertfordshire, British Society for Literature and Science reviews, September 2016 -- .