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On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald
In his Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke suggests that animals enjoy direct access to a realm of being—the open—concealed from humans by the workings of consciousness and self-consciousness. In his own reading of Rilke, Martin Heidegger reclaims the open as the proper domain of human existence but suggests that human life remains haunted by vestiges of an animal-like relat ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by University Of Chicago Press
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One of my favorite books on Sebald, filtered through a Benjaminian lens. What Santner has to say about the 'creatureliness' and the realm of the undead, as per Benjamin, applies to Sebald's work. This book doesn't read like an academic exercise - another big plus. If you liked Sebald's work and want to read an informed take on it, go to this book first.
The central premise is pretty original, but I don't like the way Santner writes, or at least analyzes literature. I feel like he just states something and moves on without particularly close reading any scene. But that might just be my formalist side speaking.