On the Natural History of Destruction

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On the Natural History of Destruction

On the Natural History of Destruction

  • Author: W.G. Sebald
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307365832
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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W. G. Sebald completed this extraordinary, important and controversial book before his untimely death in December 2001. It is a harrowing study of the devastation of German cities by Allied bombardment in World War II, and an examination of the silence in German literature and culture about this unprecedented trauma. On the Natural History of Destruction is an essential and deeply relevant study of war and society, suffering and amnesia. Like Sebald’s novels, it is studded with meticulous observation, moments of black humour, and throughout, the author’s unmatched intelligence and humanity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Natural History of Pompeii

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The Natural History of Pompeii

The Natural History of Pompeii

  • Author: Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski,Frederick G. Meyer
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521800549
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 502
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Following the prototype established by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, Jashemski and the volume's contributors reconstruct the environment of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the surrounding Campanian countryside, based on the evidence preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The volume brings together the work of geologists, soil specialists, paleobotanists, botanists, paleontologists, biologists, chemists, dendrochronologists, ichthyologists, zoologists, ornithologists, mammalologists, herpetologists, entymologists, and archaeologists, providing a complete picture of the landscape, flora, and fauna of the ancient sites.

W. G. Sebald

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W. G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald

History - Memory - Trauma

  • Author: Scott Denham,Mark McCulloh
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110201941
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 389
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The novelist, poet, and essayist W. G. Sebald (1944 – 2001) was perhaps the most original German writer of the last decade of the 20th century (“Die Ausgewanderten”, “Austerlitz”, “Luftkrieg und Literatur”). His writing is marked by a unique ‘hybridity’ that combines characteristics of travelogue, cultural criticism, crime story, historical essay, and dream diary, among other genres. He employs layers of literary and motion picture allusions that contribute to a sometimes enigmatic, sometimes intimately familiar mood; his dominant mode is melancholy. The contributions of this anthology examine W. G. Sebald as narrator and pensive observer of history. The book includes a previously unpublished interview with Sebald from 1998.

City and Trauma

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City and Trauma

City and Trauma

  • Author: Bettina Fraisl,Monika Stromberger
  • Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
  • ISBN: 9783826027567
  • Category: Cities and towns
  • Page: 332
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New York, Sarajevo, Hiroshima, Berlin, Pforzheim, Manchester, Kuta, Riga - Städte wie diese wurden im 20. Jahrhundert Schauplätze von durch Menschen verursachten Katastrophen. Einige dieser Städte gerinnen in der globalen Wahrnehmung gleichsam zu Synonymen von schrecklichen Ereignissen, deren Häufung sich im vergangenen Jahrhundert mit den Möglichkeiten der medialen und literarischen Verbreitung von Stadtbildern und visualisierten/literarisierten Leiderfahrungen verbindet. Die sich in diesem Kontext stellenden Fragen nach konkreten Ausprägungen von traumatischen Erfahrungen im urbanen Raum und der Veränderung von Stadtwahrnehmung durch ein (potentiell) traumatisierendes Ereignis bilden die Ausgangspunkte des Sammelbandes "Stadt und Trauma". Konkret untersucht werden sowohl Veränderungen im Stadtbild, Transformationen von urbanen Gedächtnisorten und Lesarten als auch künstlerische, vor allem literarische Reflexionen solcher Veränderungen.

An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South America

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An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South America

An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South America

Containing a Description of Many Curious Productions in the Animal and Vegetable Systems of that Country : Together with an Account of the Religion, Manners, and Customs of Several Tribes of Its Indian Inhabitants : Interspersed with a Variety of Literary and Medical Observations

  • Author: Edward Bancroft
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Natural history
  • Page: 402
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Germans as Victims in the Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic

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Germans as Victims in the Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic

Germans as Victims in the Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic

  • Author: Stuart Taberner,Karina Berger
  • Publisher: Camden House
  • ISBN: 1571133933
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 259
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First comprehensive look at how today's German literary fiction deals with questions of German victimhood.

The Emigrants

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The Emigrants

The Emigrants

  • Author: W. G. Sebald
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing
  • ISBN: 0811221296
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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A masterwork of W. G. Sebald, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund The four long narratives in The Emigrants appear at first to be the straightforward biographies of four Germans in exile. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, a doctor, an elementary-school teacher, and Great Uncle Ambrose. Following (literally) in their footsteps, the narrator retraces routes of exile which lead from Lithuania to London, from Munich to Manchester, from the South German provinces to Switzerland, France, New York, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. Along with memories, documents, and diaries of the Holocaust, he collects photographs—the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums. Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem.

Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

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Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

  • Author: Alexis Dudden
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 023151204X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 184
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Whether it's the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native Hawai'ian islanders, apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene. As Alexis Dudden makes clear, interrogating this process is crucial to understanding the value of the political apology to the state. When governments apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology that victims originally wanted for themselves. They rob victims of the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with which to legitimize itself. Examining the interplay between political apology and apologetic history, Dudden focuses on the problematic relationship binding Japanese imperialism, South Korean state building, and American power in Asia. She examines this history through diplomatic, cultural, and social considerations in the postwar era and argues that the process of apology has created a knot from which none of these countries can escape without undoing decades of mythmaking.

The Natural History of Man, Or, Popular Chapters on Ethnography

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The Natural History of Man, Or, Popular Chapters on Ethnography

The Natural History of Man, Or, Popular Chapters on Ethnography

  • Author: John Kennedy
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Ethnology
  • Page: 137
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Cosmopolitan Style

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Cosmopolitan Style

Cosmopolitan Style

Modernism Beyond the Nation

  • Author: Rebecca L. Walkowitz
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231510535
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 248
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In this broad-ranging and ambitious intervention in the debates over the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of cosmopolitanism, Rebecca L. Walkowitz argues that modernist literary style has been crucial to new ways of thinking and acting beyond the nation. While she focuses on modernist narrative, Walkowitz suggests that style conceived expansively as attitude, stance, posture, and consciousness helps to explain many other, nonliterary formations of cosmopolitanism in history, anthropology, sociology, transcultural studies, and media studies. Walkowitz shows that James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and W. G. Sebald use the salient features of literary modernism in their novels to explore different versions of transnational thought, question moral and political norms, and renovate the meanings of national culture and international attachment. By deploying literary tactics of naturalness, triviality, evasion, mix-up, treason, and vertigo, these six authors promote ideas of democratic individualism on the one hand and collective projects of antifascism or anti-imperialism on the other. Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf made their most significant contribution to this "critical cosmopolitanism" in their reflection on the relationships between narrative and political ideas of progress, aesthetic and social demands for literalism, and sexual and conceptual decorousness. Specifically, Walkowitz considers Joyce's critique of British imperialism and Irish nativism; Conrad's understanding of the classification of foreigners; and Woolf's exploration of how colonizing policies rely on ideas of honor and masculinity. Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald have revived efforts to question the definitions and uses of naturalness, argument, utility, attentiveness, reasonableness, and explicitness, but their novels also address a range of "new ethnicities" in late-twentieth-century Britain and the different internationalisms of contemporary life. They use modernist strategies to articulate dynamic conceptions of local and global affiliation, with Rushdie in particular adding playfulness and confusion to the politics of antiracism. In this unique and engaging study, Walkowitz shows how Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf developed a repertoire of narrative strategies at the beginning of the twentieth century that were transformed by Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald at the end. Her book brings to the forefront the artful idiosyncrasies and political ambiguities of twentieth-century modernist fiction.