Blurring the Boundaries: History, Memory and Imagination in the Works of W G Sebald
journal contributionposted on 22.05.2017, 02:15 by Diane Molloy
Walter Benjamin in his essay on Marcel Proust claims that all great works of literature establish a genre or dissolve one - that they are, in other words, special cases. When W G Sebalds fiction was first published many critics found it difficult to define his style or categorise his work, and indeed some claimed he had created a new genre. His work has been variously described as literary monism, a generic hybridity and documentary novels and Joyce Hackett claims he has reinvent[ed] the diary as his own genre.