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Title: Among Mosaic Stars: Architectural Representations in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz and Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project
Authors: Wenxi Wu
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: 英語學系
Department of English, NTNU
Abstract: In the present study, I focus on the architecture in W. G. Sebald’s 2001 novel Austerlitz and investigate how Sebald transforms the narrative of human construction into a kind of literary expression of his perspective on history and the nature of human existence. To explore this issue, I will juxtapose Sebald’s novel with Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project. By making a comparative investigation into the stylistic features and cultural significance of some prominent architecture in both works, I wish to suggest that Sebald, in his novel that manifests a profound degree of intertextuality with The Arcades Project, inherited Benjamin’s skepticism about the progressive evolution of human society.
Other Identifiers: F6D49BE5-F423-AB53-5257-F5CE27B933DF
Appears in Collections:Concentric: Studies in English Literature and Linguistics

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