Category: Text as Archive

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On text genesis, hot water and historical depth

While preparing my presentation for next Wednesday (which I announced under the emphatic title “The digital methods facing the challenge of text genesis”), I had to realize once more how difficult it is to think about text genesis in German the same way that I do in French or even in English. Even to me, it seems weird that the language in which I think seem to modify the questions themselves as well as their relevance. When I read definitions and analyzes written by the grey-haired popes of the discipline (as I did this morning), it all seems simple. This...

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The end is the beginning

I wrote a message to my kid’s educator this morning dating it August, 29th. Only to discover half an hour later that today is the 30th – 30th as in only one day left and this month is over.    I have lived in a world where being in August and working on my book were equivalent and, as I painfully realized this morning, evolving in some kind of  temporal infinitude. As it turns out, time is finite, and it passes. Some might even be tempted to say that it flies (I know people who pretend it is so. I...

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(En)gendering texts

The last chapter of D.C Greetham’s Theories of the Text is dedicated to “Gender in the text”. It comes last for a good reason, since it actually allows him to put in perspective all the aspects – including the most intricate deconstructivist or post-modern ones – that are dealt with in a book that keeps pouring out scholarship 480 pages long. I am not knowledgeable enough to judge how relevant Greetham’s considerations on “ovarian” or “feminist” readings are. I don’t think either that an exclusively gendered reading of texts would be pertinent for the type of work I am doing. But I...

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Schreiben, sagte sie

Ja, es geht es ums Schreiben. Allerdings nicht ums akademische Schreiben allgemein: Es geht um das Schreiben der Habilitation, genauer gesagt um das Schreiben einer deutschen Habilitation (außergewöhnliches Thema ruft außergewöhnliche Sprache hervor). Die Sache ist die, dass ich lange Zeit nicht daran geglaubt habe, dass ich im deutschen akademischen System fester Fuss fassen könnte als es jetzt der Fall ist – und jetzt ist spätestens Mitte 2016 zu Ende. Damit hatte ich mich selbst einigermassen von der Pflicht befreit, eine Strategie zur Professurerlangung zu entwicklen. Ich habe die digitale Edition aufgebaut. Ich habe 2-3 Jahre lang die Dinge beobachtet,...

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What this will not be about

Moment of truth today: I read what I had left lying a year ago, dreading to have to start all over again. The last five pages are, indeed, crap. But I was suprised – and happily – at how well the first two subparts of what is supposed to be the first big part had hold on steady along time. What I have to do is now clear: read some more to expand those two first subparts so that they actually look like one part in a month or so. I have to read: Ricoeur, critique génétique stuff, historical approaches...