‘After Sebald’, edited by Jon Cook
‘After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations’ is a collection of essays and other texts, edited by UEA Professor of Literature Jon Cook and published by Full Circle Editions this week. It contains contributions from Gillian Beer, JM Coetzee, Tacita Dean, Tess Jaray, Richard Long, Robert Macfarlane, Will Self, Clive Scott and Ali Smith. W.G. Sebald joined UEA in 1970 as a lecturer in German Literature and became Professor of European Literature in 1987. He was a founding Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) in 1989 and taught on the UEA MA in Creative Writing from the mid-1990s until his death in a car crash in 2001, aged 57. Until he emerged as an internationally significant novelist with the publication of ‘The Emigrants’ in 1996, he was known principally as a scholar of German and particularly Austrian literature. His other highly acclaimed and influential novels are ‘Rings of Saturn’ (1999), ‘Vertigo’ (2000) and ‘Austerlitz’ (2001).