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Traces, Memory and the Holocaust in the Writings of W.G. Sebald


Melilah Supplement 2


A multidisciplinary study of W.G. Sebald's concerns in German-Jewish history, traces, displacement, and memory of an evocative past, as can be found in his writings on the city of Manchester.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-223-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 96
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-223-7
$65.00

Melilah is an interdisciplinary journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.

This volume emerged from a symposium that took place at the University of Manchester, with contributors from various disciplinary backgrounds. The German writer W.G. Sebald had been a scholar at the University early in his career and had been profoundly affected by the character of the city, its flanerie, architecture, urban planning, canals, ruined warehouses, and mills. With these he explored his major literary themes of German-Jewish history, traces, and memory of an evocative past. Likewise, the haunting theme of displacement and its expression through art also seems to originate from his experience of the city. Some of the essays in this volume focus on Sebald’s engagement with Manchester, while others explore broader aspects of his work and writing style, developed after he left Manchester for East Anglia.

Melilah is an interdisciplinary journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.

This volume emerged from a symposium that took place at the University of Manchester, with contributors from various disciplinary backgrounds. The German writer W.G. Sebald had been a scholar at the University early in his career and had been profoundly affected by the character of the city, its flanerie, architecture, urban planning, canals, ruined warehouses, and mills. With these he explored his major literary themes of German-Jewish history, traces, and memory of an evocative past. Likewise, the haunting theme of displacement and its expression through art also seems to originate from his experience of the city. Some of the essays in this volume focus on Sebald’s engagement with Manchester, while others explore broader aspects of his work and writing style, developed after he left Manchester for East Anglia.

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Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Janet Wolff

Helen Hills

Muriel Pic

John Sears

Jeremy Gregory

Monica Pearl

Carole Angier

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Memory, Traces and the Holocaust in the Writings of W.G. Sebald by Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Janet Wolff (page 7)
  • 'And So They Are Ever Returning to Us, the Dead:The Presence of the Dead in W.G. Sebald by Carole Angier1 (page 11)
  • Kindertransport, Camps and the Holocaust in Austerlitz by Jean-Marc Dreyfus (page 19)
  • The Peripatetic Paragraph:Walking (and Walking) with W.G. Sebald by Monica B. Pearl (page 27)
  • I Couldnt Imagine Any World Outside Wales: The Place of Wales and Welsh Calvinist Methodism in Sebalds European Story by Jeremy Gregory (page 36)
  • Utter Blackness: Figuring Sebalds Manchester by John Sears (page 42)
  • Max Ferber and the Persistence of Pre-Memory in Mancunian Exile by Janet Wolff (page 53)
  • The Uses of Images: W.G. Sebald & T.J. Clark by Helen Hills (page 63)
  • Novel Crime, Hunting and Investigation of the Trace in Sebalds Prose by Muriel Pic (page 87)
  • Notes on Contributors (page 95)
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