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The Aesthetics and Ethics of Refraction: Narrative Structure, Imagery, and Temporality in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz

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dc.contributor.author Michaud, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-05T23:22:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-05T23:22:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-08-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5506
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to examine the aesthetic structure and components of W.G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz and to show their reciprocal relationship to ethical forms of remembrance for the present and the future. The goal of this project is to explain how fiction may be utilized as a means of meaningful engagement with points of traumatic memory for the purpose of maintaining viable connections to the past across time. The first chapter deals explicitly with the novel’s overall structure and its relation to philosophical forms of thought that facilitate a practical connection to the past through fiction. The next chapter examines the use of refracted or indirect narration as an aesthetic component of this process. The final chapter constitutes an investigation of photography as a structure in this aesthetic that lends itself to the overall obliqueness I see as necessary to the ethics of representation embodied in Austerlitz. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject W.G. Sebald en_US
dc.subject Austerlitz en_US
dc.subject Ethics of representation en_US
dc.title The Aesthetics and Ethics of Refraction: Narrative Structure, Imagery, and Temporality in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Thorson, Helga
dc.degree.department Department of Germanic and Russian Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0311 en_US


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