Monthly Archive: August 2013

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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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Proudly presenting: August Boeckh’s “Catalogue of my books”

The handwritten catalogue of Boeckh’s books is only since yesterday (here). Including it in the digital edition is only half satisfactory in the sense that the point of this project does only partially overlap the general idea of the digital edition. A book catalogue can hardly provide information on networks; the history of the text is of limited interest (only one hand is at work) and there is no further version of it, published or unpublished, we might compare it with. What the book catalogue allows to do, though, is to see how books operate as information deliverers and how...

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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...