Academic reverberations in the work of W. G. Sebald

Long’s reading of Sebald pays particular attention to the way the author represents archival processes (photography, references…) and the institutions that preserve individual and collective memory and identity (museums, libraries…). Long highlights the ambivalence with which Sebald connotes these attempts to record the real, bearing in mind that, despite their importance in constructing modern subjectivity, they are also essential to a disciplinary power that seeks to submit this subjectivity to increasing bureaucratisation. In order to reflect the mechanisms of this power and how it is hidden, Sebald makes certain that his writing follows the logic of an archive, albeit fragmented and random, in order to unmask this logic.

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