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The Collection

J. J. Long

in W. G. Sebald - Image, Archive, Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748633876
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651757 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633876.003.0002
The Collection

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This chapter takes a look at the various collections that are present in Sebald's works. It first examines the way collections in museums are formed and the relationship between the modern episteme, the role of the state, the museum's way of address, and the notion of the national gallery. This is followed by a section on the museum spaces and the artefacts that they contain. The final section is on the collections found in zoos. The chapter determines that modernity's regimes of surveillance and spectacle are not as continuous or total in their effects as Michel Foucault's analysis would imply.

Keywords: collections; museums; modern episteme; national gallery; museum spaces; artefacts; zoos; surveillance; spectacle; Michel Foucault

Chapter.  9217 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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