Marinheiro ou camponês? Algumas reflexões sobre as leituras de Sebald do ensaio “O narrador” de Walter Benjamin ("Seaman" or " Peasant"? Some reflections on Sebald's reading of Walter Benjamin's essay "The Narrator")

Hutchinson, Ben (2016) Marinheiro ou camponês? Algumas reflexões sobre as leituras de Sebald do ensaio “O narrador” de Walter Benjamin ("Seaman" or " Peasant"? Some reflections on Sebald's reading of Walter Benjamin's essay "The Narrator"). Cadernos Benjaminianos, 12 (2016). pp. 85-107. ISSN 2179-8478. E-ISSN 2179-8478. (doi:10.17851/2179-8478.12.1.85-107)

Abstract

W.G. Sebald’s private library, which is held in part in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, contains a copy of Walter Benjamin’s Illuminationen. This essay seeks to establish a theoretical framework for Sebald’s narrative technique by investigating his annotations in the closing essay of the book, “The Narrator”. With the help of his underlinings and marginalia, Sebald’s own narrative structures can be interpreted as a means of depicting “natural history”, as an aesthetic response to a philosophical concept. Two principles can be derived from this perspective: the strategy of “interlocking layers” (Einschachteln), and the strategy of montage. It is the dialectic between these two principles that drives Sebald’s prose style. The tension in his work between fact and fiction derives ultimately from an uneasy relationship between his artfully constructed prose-style on the one hand and its quasidocumentary realism on the other.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.17851/2179-8478.12.1.85-107
Uncontrolled keywords: W. G. Sebald; Walter Benjamin; montage
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Ben Hutchinson
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 14:42 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61819 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hutchinson, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3266-5846
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