Abstract

Vanguard anti-narrativist Galen Strawson declares personal memory unimportant for self-constitution. But what if lapses of personal memory are sustained by a morally reprehensible amnesia about historical events, as is described in the work of W.G. Sebald? The importance of memory cannot be downplayed in such cases. For Sebald's characters, recovery of historical and personal memory results in self-dissolution rather than self-understanding . In the end, Sebald shows how memory can be significant, even imperative, within a deeply anti-narrativist outlook on the self, memory, and history.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 394-408
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-02
Open Access
No
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