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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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After Nature (1988)

After Nature (1988)

(p.30) 2 After Nature (1988)
W.G. Sebald

Uwe Schütte

Liverpool University Press

This section considers Sebald’s narrative prose poem and literary debut, After Nature. The first section of the poem is a fragmented literary portrait of German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller; the second a profile of Matthias Grünewald, the reclusive German painter. Schütte encourages the reader to see all three sections as self-portraits of the author, the latter being Sebald’s account of his self-exile from Germany to England. He argues all three pilgrimages reflect Sebald’s interest in exile, melancholia, and man’s increasingly troubled relationship with nature.

Keywords:   Georg Wilhelm Steller, Matthias Grünewald, Nature, Emigration, Self-portrait, Homeland, Exile

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