Category: Lectures / Readings


Making words, marking words

I am giving a class in which – contrarily to the classes I have given so far – I am the one doing most of the talking. The topic is vast: “Writers and their publishers”,  and I have 13 sessions of 90 minutes to go through it. It is separated in three periods: turn of the 18th to the 19th, 19th, and 20th/21st century. I am having some trouble finishing the chapter on the time around 1800 for several reasons. First, it is the period I know best. Then I want to pin all the important knots that we will...


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...