coordinators of the 2006 Sebald Symposium are proud to welcome
participants and audience members alike to one of the pre-eminent
research institutions in the United States. We are pleased at this
opportunity to host a discussion of the most current academic work
concerning German writer W.G. Sebald. The papers presented at this
symposium were produced by up-and-coming scholars from some of the
finest universities in the world.
This symposium was conceived as a starting point in an effort toward a
multi-perspectival understanding of the works of W.G. Sebald. It is
hoped that the same sensitivity with which one must forge through
Sebald's labyrinthine prose, in which it is sometimes difficult to
discern between reality and its fictionalized representations, is
brought to bear in any approach to this symposium. In publishing the
proceedings of the symposium to the world wide web, the participants
wish to create an open forum for scholarship that will continue to grow
as readership of W.G. Sebald expands.