1st Edition

Wittgenstein's Novels

ISBN 9780415535953
Published April 30, 2012 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Analyzing features of Wittgenstein's philosophical work and including in-depth textual analyses, this study investigates the impact of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work on contemporary German and French novelists.

Drawing upon aesthetics, architectural history, philosophy of science, and photography, the book offers readings of the work of Thomas Bernhard, W.G. Sebald, Jacques Roubaud, and Ernst-Wilhelm Händler. In each case, Klebes shows Wittgenstein’s reflections on language and world to be the conduit for an exploration of the question of representation as it bridges the realms of literature and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Curse of Wittgenstein’s Prose  2. Thomas Bernhard: Überschriften  3. W.G. Sebald: Family Resemblances and the Blurred Images of History  4. Jacques Roubaud: Projecting Memory  5. Ernst-Wilhelm Händler: Klärungswerk and Textual Pollution  Notes  Bibliography  Index

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Martin Klebes is Associate Professor of German at the University of Oregon.

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