Monthly Archives: July 2013

SPECTRAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY AND HAUNTOLOGY:LINKS.BY STEVEN BENSON

HAUNTOLOGY-this comes from Derrida’s “Spectres Of Marx”(1993).it is a complex concept aligned to the derridean idea of the “trace”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trace_(deconstruction).it Is the idea that, for instance the spectres/hauntology of Marx’s original thought have become “undone from time”; that is, the remants … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”.PART 3.ESSAY 2:ROUSSEAU:”J’AURAIS VOULU QUE CE LE LAC EUT ETE L’OCEAN”{“I WOULD HAVE LIKED THE LAKE TO HAVE BEEN THE OCEAN”}:ON THE OCCASION OF A VISIT TO THE ILE SAINT-PIERRE”.BY STEVEN BENSON.

This essay is about Rousseau’s exile on this small island, pursued as he was by backstabbers and infighters, and where he felt the happiest in his life. What insights do we get about Sebald HIMSELF in here,and which instances of … Continue reading

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(SEBALDIAN) DISASTER STRIKES!

I have lost/had stolen my copy of “Place in the Country”!(:; not only that it: had my 100 page “monograph” on the various essays in it, which I,foolishly, hadnt yet saved to my blog: only the two that already appear … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”:EXPLORATION OF SEBALD’S SELF-REVELATION AND HIS RECURRING THEMES IN”A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 2 :”A COMET IN THE HEAVENS:A PIECE FOR AN ALMANAC IN HONOUR OF JOHANN PETER HEBEL”.BY STEVEN BENSON

Early in this first essay, Sebald writes:”…all this even today constitutes for me a system in which, as once in my childhood, I would still like to imagine that everything is arranged for the best”(pp.12/13): how moving, ,and how simple, … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”; THE CLOSEST GLIMPSE WE HAVE INTO SEBALD’S SOUL ;AND HIS PRE-OCCUPATIONS.RUMINATIONS ON “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”(TRANS. CAITLING, 2013).PART 1:TRIPP, AND INTRODUCTION TO MY EXTENDED ESSAY.BY STEVEN BENSON.

It is ironic that in a book of-ostensibly-critical essays(on five writers and¬†ONE ¬†painter, all very dear to Sebald), we are a afforded a closer look at Sebald’s OWN psychological/emotional/ spiritual make-up, I will argue, than in any of his prose … Continue reading

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