Family Albums: <i>The Emigrants</i>

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:
Family Albums: The Emigrants

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This chapter focuses on the family archive, particularly the family album. It notes that Foucault-inspired writings emphasise the production of bourgeois subjectivity, as well as the reproduction of the ideology of the nuclear and extended family. The chapter also studies The Emigrants, which begin a rehabilitation of the family album and domestic photography, and shows that the structure of The Emigrants forms the text itself as an archival space of preservation and stability, in the midst of subjective trauma and historical flux.

Keywords: family album; family archive; Emigrants; bourgeois subjectivity; extended family; domestic photography; archival space; subjective trauma; historical flux

Chapter.  9856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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