Vertiginous Links for March 2013
Helen Finch has announced that her forthcoming book has a new name and a great looking cover – Sebald’s Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life.
Sebald is one of the authors covered in a new publication from Edinburgh University Press called Travellers’ Tales of Wonder: Chatwin, Naipul, Sebald by Simon Cooke. The book promises “new, in-depth readings of the work of three major writers, in each case drawing on as yet unpublished results of archival research.” Cooke has written about Sebald several times before, according to his post-doctoral fellow page at the University of Edinburgh. Here’s the blurb on the publisher’s website:
Exploring travellers’ tales of wonder in contemporary literature, this study challenges a sensibility of disenchantment with travel. It reassesses travel writing as an aesthetically and ethically innovative form in contemporary international literature, and demonstrates the crucial role of wonder in the travel narratives of writers such as Bruce Chatwin, V.S. Naipaul, and W.G. Sebald. Their ‘travellers’ tales of wonder’ are read as a challenge to the hubris of thinking the world too well known, and an invitation to encounter the world – including its most troubling histories – with a sense of wonder.
Finally, in case you need a few additional literary sites to keep you busy, here’s a list of “100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers.” I’m pleased to note that Vertigo is listed.