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Acknowledgements; A Note on References and Translations; W. G. Sebald Chronology; Part I: Contexts; 1. J. J. Long and Anne Whitehead, Introduction; 2. George Szirtes, Meeting Austerlitz; 3. Martin Swales, Theoretical Reflections on the Work of W. G. Sebald; Part II: Landscape and Nature; 4.Greg Bond, On the Misery of Nature and the Nature of Misery; 5. Colin Riordan, Ecocentrism in Sebald's After Nature; 6. Simon Ward, Ruins and Poetics in the Work of W.G. Sebald; Part III: Travel and Walking; 7. John Beck, Reading Room: Erosion and Sedimentation in Sebald's Suffolk; 8. Massimo Leone, Textual Wanderings: A Vertiginous Reading of W. G. Sebald; 9. John Zilcosky, Sebald's Uncanny Travels, or the Impossibility of Being Lost; Part IV: Intertextuality and Intermediality; 10. Martin Klebes, Infinite Journey: From Kafka to Sebald; 11. Russell Kilbourn, Architecture and Cinema: The Representation of Memory in Austerlitz; 12. Carolin Duttlinger, Traumatic Photographs: Remembrance and the Technical Media in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz; Part V: Haunting, Trauma, Memory; 13. Wilfried Wilms, Taboo and Repression in On the Natural History of Destruction; 14. Jan Ceuppens, Seeing Things: Spectres and Angels in W.G. Sebald's Prose Fiction; 15. Maya Barzilai, Facing the Past and the Female Spectre in The Emigrants; Bibliography; Notes on Contributors; Index.

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J.J. Long is Professor of German at the University of Durham. He has published widely on twentieth-century literature, and is the author of The Novels of Thomas Bernhard (2001). His current research concerns the relationship between photography and narrative. Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Theory at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is the author of Trauma Fiction and co-editor, with Michael Rossington, of Theories of Memory and of Between the Psyche and the Polis: Refiguring History in Literature and Theory and, with Jonathan Long, of W. G. Sebald.

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Along with its comprehensive bibliography, this will be an enlightening and useful guide as readers wander with Sebald across his bleak composite landscapes. These astute and critically reflective essays provide a wide-ranging consideration of the literary innovation and intellectual complexity of Sebald's explorations of history, culture and memory. The collection also highlights, through highly sophisticated and subtle readings that bring together trauma studies, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralist thought, the broad significance of Sebald's provocative engagement with the traumatic histories of WWII and its aftermath. -- Cathy Caruth, author of 'Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History' Sebald demonstrates that literature can be, literally, indispensable. He was one by whom literature continues to live. -- Susan Sontag Together with their contributors the editors have set a new standard for the rapidly evolving scholarship on Sebald. This will be an indispensable volume for years to come. The Companion provides a wide-ranging and accurate picture of the main debates concerning Sebald scholarship at present, and also provides refreshing perspectives on a writer who has received huge attention in recent years. The contributions are both scholarly and highly readable, and provide the reader with an entertaining and informed window on the world of Sebald research. It is of direct relevance for anyone interested in Sebald, and further, for anyone interested in the current academic discourses around collective and individual memory, media, post-memory, and trauma. Zeitschrift fur Rezensionen zur germanistischen Literaturwissenschaft Along with its comprehensive bibliography, this will be an enlightening and useful guide as readers wander with Sebald across his bleak composite landscapes. These astute and critically reflective essays provide a wide-ranging consideration of the literary innovation and intellectual complexity of Sebald's explorations of history, culture and memory. The collection also highlights, through highly sophisticated and subtle readings that bring together trauma studies, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralist thought, the broad significance of Sebald's provocative engagement with the traumatic histories of WWII and its aftermath. Sebald demonstrates that literature can be, literally, indispensable. He was one by whom literature continues to live. Together with their contributors the editors have set a new standard for the rapidly evolving scholarship on Sebald. This will be an indispensable volume for years to come. The Companion provides a wide-ranging and accurate picture of the main debates concerning Sebald scholarship at present, and also provides refreshing perspectives on a writer who has received huge attention in recent years. The contributions are both scholarly and highly readable, and provide the reader with an entertaining and informed window on the world of Sebald research. It is of direct relevance for anyone interested in Sebald, and further, for anyone interested in the current academic discourses around collective and individual memory, media, post-memory, and trauma.

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