The Photograph

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:
The Photograph

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This chapter studies the most evident surface feature in Sebald's texts, which is the fact that they include reproductions of photographic images. It shows how Sebald uses photography to explore questions of memory, and how the assumed transparency of a photograph allows it to be used in various medical, scientific, political, and technical apparatuses. The chapter studies the disciplinary uses of photography, and finally examines spectacle, another aspect of modernity's visual culture.

Keywords: photographic images; reproductions; surface feature; photography; questions of memory; transparency; disciplinary uses; spectacle

Chapter.  9536 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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