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W. G. Sebald - Image, Archive, Modernity

J .J. Long


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. This book offers an original reading of Sebald's 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 ar ... More

Keywords: W. G. Sebald, modernity, archival institutions, archival processes, archive, material practices, photography, museums, libraries, systems of knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633876
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J .J. Long, author