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Uwe Schütte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780746312988

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780746312988.001.0001

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W. G. Sebald: Emigrant and Academic

W. G. Sebald: Emigrant and Academic

(p.1) 1 W. G. Sebald: Emigrant and Academic
W.G. Sebald

Uwe Schütte

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter, Schütte introduces Sebald as a writer caught not only between two cultures, but between the worlds of academia and literature. It explores the beginnings of Sebald’s life, from his remote childhood in an Alpine village tohis ‘poisonous’ family inheritance – Sebald considered his parents complicit in the crimes of National Socialism. Schütte goes on to consider Sebald’s emigration to the UK, charting his development as an intellectual and his taking up of writing due to a dissatisfaction with the majority of German post-war literature.

Keywords:   German writing, Austrian literature, National Socialism, Emigration, Second World War, Academia

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