Wittgenstein's Novels

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In this book Martin Klebes investigates the impact of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophical work on four contemporary German and French novelists. Literary references both to Wittgenstein as a person, as well as to his work, are much more pervasive than to other equally well-known 20th-century philosophers, and this study seeks to explain why, and to what end. Individual chapters are devoted to an analysis of the role of writing in Wittgenstein's writings, as well as to the literary work of Thomas Bernhard, W.G. Sebald, Jacques Roubaud, and Ernst-Wilhelm Handler. Klebes' readings are situated in an interdisciplinary space between philosophical analysis and literary criticism, and as such also incorporate reflections on conceptual questions in aesthetics, architectural history, philosophy of science, and photography.
 

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The Curse of Wittgensteins Prose
15
Thomas Bernhard Uberschriften
49
WG Sebald Family Resemblances and the Blurred Images of History
87
Jacques Roubaud Projecting Memory
131
ErnstWilhelm Handler Klarungswerk and Textual Pollution
169
Notes
235
Bibliography
281
Index
293

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Seite 11 - Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.

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Über den Autor (2006)

Martin Klebes is currently Assistant Professor of German at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is also the translator of Ernst-Wilhelm Händler's City with Houses (Northwestern University Press, 2002), and the co-translator of Hannah Arendt: Reflections on Literature and Culture, ed. Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb (Stanford University Press, 2006).

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