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Published: 28 May 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822395188-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9518-8
... COMPARATIVE NATIONAL BLAMING 8 W. G. Sebald on the Bombing of Germany In an article entitled ‘‘Israel, Palestine, and the Campus Civil Wars published in December 2004 in the online journal Open Democ- racy, the British historian Stephen Howe wrote, ‘‘There is a good...
Published: 03 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390640-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9064-0
... We take almost all the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which we are barely conscious.—W. G. SEBALD, Austerlitz Despite Babel 9 an essay on human misunderstanding In J. M...
Published: 23 March 2011
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394051-033
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9405-1
...A Dutch Prelude Sebald de Weert As early as 1602, with the visit to Kandy of Boris von Spilgenberg, the idea of a Dutch alliance with the Kandyan kingdom against the Portuguese was advanced and dis- cussed, though it was another fifty years, in 1658, before that alliance was forged and...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... TODD SAMUEL PRESNER 11 HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF WORLD HISTORY VIA SEBALD’S IMAGINARY OF RUINS A Contrapuntal Critique of the ‘‘New Space’’ of Modernity Before his death on December 14, 2001, W. G. Sebald—the expa- triate...
... time and place, thus providing ways of seeing from the past. This book consequently uses photographs as a unique and serious source for scholars to situate historical narratives visually. (The work of W. G. Sebald is also an influence.) However, given their origin, some images may be con...
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By Michael D. Jackson
Published: 16 February 2004
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385561-023
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8556-1
..., five minutes later, darkness fell. Because I had been so deeply absorbed in reading and re-reading W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz during my weeks in the Cape Sierra Hotel, it was not surprising that this writer should obliquely enter my dreams. In one dream I was visiting, with unknown others...
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By Bruce Robbins
Published: 28 May 2012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9518-8
... ‘‘War without Belief: Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain, eds., Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007), for ‘‘Comparative National Blaming: W. G. Sebald on the Bombing of Germany An earlier version of chapter 2 was...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... ANTHONY VIDLER 2 AIR WAR AND ARCHITECTURE Those who have read W. G. Sebald will understand that my title refers to his Luftkrieg und Literatur (Air war and literature), trans- lated into English as On the Natural History of...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... is well known, ruinous material remains have been made to serve many master discourses. The fact that ruins are versatile mat- ter, discursively speaking, is one of their most enduring features. Between Petrarch and Rose Macaulay, Augustus Hare and W. G. Sebald, writers have mobilized ruins in a...
Published: 01 January 2009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
Published: 23 March 2011
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394051-032
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9405-1
... Sebald de Weert’s testimony re- garding the first king of Kandy, Vimaladharmasurya (see the next chapter in this section), some fifty years before the Portuguese were expelled and thirty-five years before a formal Kandyan-Dutch “deal.” The political rela- tionship between Kandy and the Dutch...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-024
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... rather than reconsidering its past. In crucial regards, the rhetoric of Trümmerfilm criticism anticipates W. G. Sebald’s ‘‘Air War and Literature particularly his objection that German au- thors aestheticized the aftermath of aerial atttacks instead of carefully registering ‘‘the true state of...
Published: 23 March 2011
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394051-046
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9405-1
...Vimaladharmasurya: The First Kandyan King Anonymous A very different view of the first king of Kandy from the one offered previously by the Dutchman Sebald de Weert is found in the monastic chronicle Culavamsa. Here, Vimaladharmasurya is praised for securing the Dalada (the Buddha’s...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... landscape in need of excavation. More recently, Sebald referred to ruins as master tropes of a traumatic mo- dernity in his scholarly writings, prose poems, and essayistic novels. What texts like The Rings of Saturn alert us to is the enormous tension that the repre- sentation of ruins seems to...
Published: 01 January 2009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
... started with a sympo- sium at which Andreas Huyssen spoke about the British-German author W. G. Sebald, and Thomas Lahusen presented his film about the post-Soviet ruins of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Komsomolsk Mon Amour: A City after Socialism. We then taught an interdisciplinary graduate seminar, funded...
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By Michael D. Jackson
Published: 16 February 2004
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385561-025
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8556-1
... with Stevens’s father, 162 89–90; marriage to Aisetta San- Sebald, W. G., 5, 6, 206 fan Mansaray, 81–82; retirement Sen, Amartya, 169 of, 90; war service of, 79–80...
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By Scott Bukatman
Published: 30 June 2003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8489-2
... PREFACE ‘‘Somehow we know by instinct that outsize buildings cast the shadow of their own destruction before them, and are designed from the first with an eye to their later existence as ruins wrote the late W. G. Sebald in his novel 1 Austerlitz. The...
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By Ann Laura Stoler
Published: 19 April 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822395850-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9585-0
... oil refineries, 18, 131, 133, 139–40, 142– modernization, 18, 120, 289–92, 297–98, 45, 148, 153–54 303–4, 309–10, 313–15 oil spills, 24, 34n89 Mojave Desert National Preserve, 24 On the Natural History of Destruction (W. G. Mongo, the, 45–46 Sebald), 22–23...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390749-026
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9074-9
.... Neumann. Zeche BIBLIOGRAPHY 460 Zollern 2: Aufbruch zur modernen Industriearchitektur und Technik. Munich: Prestel, 1977. Beck, John. ‘‘Reading Room: Erosion and Sedimentation in Sebald’s Su√olk In W. G. Sebald: A Critical...
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By Bruce Robbins
Published: 28 May 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822395188-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9518-8
..., genocide, 28, 54, 60, 61, 87–88, 179, 37–38; memory in worldview of, 185; 207nn40–41 Orwell’s Burmese comparisons with, Germany: Boltanski on, 69; in examples, 20; Orwell’s Indian comparisons with, 50; Wallerstein on, 85. See also Sebald, 90; Robbins’s connection to, 186; in W. G., On the...