W. G. Sebalds 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, Sebalds work has offered readers new ways to think about remembering and representing trauma. In Sebalds Vision, Carol Jacobs examines the author's prose, novels, and poems, carefully illuminating the ethical and aesthetic questions that shaped his remarkable oeuvre. Through the trope of vision, Jacobs explores aspects of Sebalds writing and the way the authors indirect depiction of events highlights the ethical imperative of representing history, while at the same time calling into question the possibility of such representation. Jacobss lucid readings of Sebalds 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 Sebalds interviews, poetry, art criticism, and his lecture Air War and Literature, Jacobs introduces new perspectives for understanding the distinctiveness of Sebalds work and its profound moral implications.
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