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  • Lecture
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History of Material Texts: W. G. Sebald's Papers and Photographs

Ulrich von Bülow, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach


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September 26, 2022, 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and via Zoom
Open to the Public

Hosted by: Kislak Center

Photographs for W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz. © DLA Marbach

Note: This event will be in person and also live-streamed. To receive a Zoom link for this seminar, please email Aylin Malcolm. For information about the Workshop in the History of Material Texts, please visit the website.

Our speaker writes: "The papers of W. G. Sebald (1944-2001) are preserved at the German Literary Archive in Marbach (Germany). In this talk, I willdisplay and discuss rarely seen items from Sebald’s literary estate. The themes of memory and remains —both literary and non-literary— are prominent in Sebald’s fiction, and as a scholar and author, he was more concerned than many authors about the fate of his papers after his death. Just as he created in his writings a literary persona by means of factual material, he also carefully pre-selected what should be handed down to his reading public posthumously. This tour through Sebald’s fascinating archive will culminate with a look into the manuscripts for Sebald’s last great unfinished and unpublished book project."

Event Series

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Workshop in the History of Material Texts

The Workshop in the History of Material Texts is a weekly seminar with presentations by scholars on a wide variety of topics in book history, bibliography, manuscript studies, history of reading, publication and printing, and related topics.

Image: Photographs for W. G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz. © DLA Marbach