By Döblin, Alfred; Sebald, Winfried Georg; Döblin, Alfred; Kleinberg-Levin, David Michael; Sebald, Winfried Georg
Probing research of the way literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.
In this probing examine Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the tales of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words bargains a philosophical meditation at the energy of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin attracts at the serious thought of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romanticism of Kant, Hegel, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schelling; and the 19th- and twentieth-century considered Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. He exhibits how Döblin and Sebald—writers with greatly diversified kinds operating in numerous old moments—have in universal a fight opposed to forces of negativity and an objective to lead to in reaction a definite redemption of language. Kleinberg-Levin considers the fast paced, staccato, and hard-cut sentences of Döblin and the ghostly, languorous, and depression prose fiction of Sebald to articulate how either writers use language in an try and get better and produce this utopian promise of happiness for all times in a time of mourning.
“Redeeming Words is a sublime, hugely realized, and incisive exploration of the way language—and therefore the best literature of our time—both registers the event of the lack of utopia and affirms desire via making the loss extra transparent. It takes as its subject the main profound reflections at the function of phrases in a time of abandonment and disenchantment. Kleinberg-Levin argues not just that phrases converse this feeling of loss yet represent it by way of failing to accomplish overall mastery and transparency and self-consciously thematizing the corruption and likewise affirmative strength of phrases. on the inner most point, this learn analyzes phrases and what the very life of phrases can confer to members and communities.” — Peter Fritzsche, writer of The Turbulent global of Franz Göll: a regular Berliner Writes the 20 th Century