The Workshop in the History of Material Texts is a weekly seminar that features scholars presenting a wide variety of research in book history, bibliography, manuscript studies, history of reading, publication and printing, and related topics.
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Sebald’s fascinating archive will culminate with a look into the manuscripts for Sebald’s last great unfinished and unpublished book project."
Ulrich von Bülow
Ulrich von Bülow is the head of Archive Department at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, German Literary Archive in Marbach, Germany. He has published books and articles on writers incluing Hannah Arendt, Erich Auerbach, Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Handke, Franz Fühmann, and W. G. Sebald. Among the books he has edited are volumes by Erich Kästner, Karl Löwith, and Martin Heidegger. His most recent books are Paperworker: Authors and their Archives (Wallstein 2018) and The Philosopher in the Midst of History: An Essay on Karl Löwith (Keicher 2021).
Image: Photographs for W. G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz. © DLA Marbach