Sebald's Vision

Hardcover | October 20, 2015

byCarol Jacobs

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W. G. Sebald's writing has been widely recognized for its intense, nuanced engagement with the Holocaust, the Allied bombing of Germany in WWII, and other episodes of violence throughout history. Through his inventive use of narrative form and juxtaposition of image and text, Sebald's work has offered readers new ways to think about remembering and representing trauma.

In Sebald's Vision, Carol Jacobs examines the author's prose, novels, and poems, illuminating the ethical and aesthetic questions that shaped his remarkable oeuvre. Through the trope of "vision," Jacobs explores aspects of Sebald's writing and the way the author's indirect depiction of events highlights the ethical imperative of representing history while at the same time calling into question the possibility of such representation.

Jacobs's lucid readings of Sebald's work also consider his famous juxtaposition of images and use of citations to explain his interest in the vagaries of perception. Isolating different ideas of vision in some of his most noted works, including Rings of Saturn, Austerlitz, and After Nature, as well as in Sebald's interviews, poetry, art criticism, and his lecture Air War and Literature, Jacobs introduces new perspectives for understanding the distinctiveness of Sebald's work and its profound moral implications.

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W. G. Sebald's writing has been widely recognized for its intense, nuanced engagement with the Holocaust, the Allied bombing of Germany in WWII, and other episodes of violence throughout history. Through his inventive use of narrative form and juxtaposition of image and text, Sebald's work has offered readers new ways to think about r...

Carol Jacobs is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and also professor of German literature at Yale University. Her books include Skirting the Ethical; In the Language of Walter Benjamin; Telling Time: Levi-Strauss, Ford, Lessing, Benjamin, de Man, Wordsworth, Rilke; and Uncontainable Romanticism: Shelley, Bronte, K...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023117182X

ISBN - 13:9780231171823

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Table of Contents

Preface: "Sebald's Vision"Acknowledgments1. "Like the snow on the Alps": After Nature2. What Does It Mean to Count?: The Emigrants3. Frames and Excursions: Rings of Saturn4. Toward an Epistemology of Citation: "Air War and Literature"5. A is for Austerlitz: Austerlitz6. Déjà vu or. . . : "Like Day and Night-On the Pictures of Jan Peter Tripp"7. A Critical Eye: The InterviewsNotesWorks CitedIndex

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An important addition to the criticism on this fascinating writer. Highly recommended.