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The Shadow of Resistance. W.G. Sebald and the Frankfurt School

Hutchinson, Ben (2011) The Shadow of Resistance. W.G. Sebald and the Frankfurt School. Journal of European Studies, 41 (3-4). pp. 267-284. ISSN 0047-2441. E-ISSN 1740-2379. (doi:10.1177/0047244111413703) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Sebald’s views on history and art were determined early on by his engagement with the leading thinkers of the Frankfurt School, namely Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse. From his earliest postgraduate research in the 1960s to his latest prose fiction in 2001, Sebald’s work bears signs of their influence at every level. This article traces this influence in three main phases. Initially, it establishes the main tenets underpinning Sebald’s interest in their thought. This interest is then followed through his books on Sternheim and Döblin, in order to establish the extent of the impact of the Frankfurt School on his formative years. After this reconstruction of the methodology in his early critical work, the article then assesses the consequences of Sebald’s interest in the Frankfurt School for his later prose fiction, highlighting in particular his dialectical syntax, his critique of the Enlightenment idea of progress, and his taste for certain kinds of modernist artists.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0047244111413703
Additional information: This article has also been published in French translation as ‘W.G. Sebald et l’école de Francfort’ in the journal 'Europe', vol. 91, no. 1009 (May 2013), pp. 68-78. ; This output is written in one of the languages within the remit of UOA 28.; number of additional authors: 0;
Uncontrolled keywords: Theodor Adorno, dialectics, Alfred Doblin, Fortschrittskritik, Frankfurt School, Herbert Marcuse, natural history, Carl Sternheim, syntax.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > German
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40181 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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