Re: Barth

John Limon

in Death's Following

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242795
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242832 | DOI:
Re: Barth

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This memoir of Limon's relation to his father, incarcerated in Stalag Luft I from 1944 to 1945 and dead of an aneurysm in 1960, is an attempt to imitate Sebald in making melancholy the active principal of a narrative. Limon's father was dead before he could be fully known to his son, so Limon tries to establish contact through his father's war journal. Limon attempts to make contact with his father by mirroring his father's passive awaiting of freedom by his own passive approach to death; every gesture of the chapter becomes a mirroring of death and life, so that, on the one hand, melancholy acquires narrative energy and, on the other hand, the life of the son can make an approach to the death of the father.

Keywords: Melancholy; World War II; Stalag Luft I

Chapter.  2239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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