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A Literature of Restitution
Author: Jeannette Baxter

ISBN: 9781784993504
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0 x 1.7
Description:
This book investigates the crucial question of 'restitution' in the work of W. G. Sebald. Written by a range of leading scholars from fields as various as translation studies, English, German, and comparative literature, photography, critical theory, psychoanalysis, poetry, and art theory, the essays collected in the volume place Sebald's oeuvre within the broader context of European culture in order better to 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 also brings renewed impetus to the standard view of Sebald as a 'Holocaust writer'; following the lead established by his English translator Anthea Bell in her foreword, the essays all share a close attention to linguistic detail, returning to the original German texts in an attempt to do justice to Sebald's complex literary style. The recurring themes identified over the course of the collection from Sebald's carefully calibrated syntax to his self-consciousness about 'genre', from his interest in liminal s...

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