4-Week: Reading as a Writer—W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz


Is it fiction? Or memoir? Biography? Literary Criticism? W.G. Sebald himself called his work "documentary fiction," and his writing in this hybrid genre has had a major influence on recent fiction writers. Austerlitz, his last book, is his masterpiece. Its limber voice and indirect style of narration enable Sebald—who grew up in postwar Germany and whose father had been a soldier in the Wehrmacht—to tell a nuanced, emotionally compelling story about a Holocaust survivor. For those of us struggling to tell stories that are adequate to our own troubled times, it offers a number of inspirations.

Austerlitz is admittedly a "difficult" book. Reading it is a significant emotional and intellectual undertaking, and in this class we'll do it together, paying particular attention to voice, point of view, imagery, and the handling of time.

Note on meeting times: This class will meet on three consecutive Thursdays (7/6, 7/13, and 7/20), then skip a week. The fourth session will be on August 3.

Required Reading:*
Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald
*Copies of this book are available through Amazon.com and Alibris.com.

Instructor: Rebecca Berg, PhD Learn More


Jul 06, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmJul 13, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmJul 20, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmJul 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmAug 03, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm