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Author: Kotelevskaja Vera

Kotelevskaja Vera

Associate Professor at the Department of Theory and History of World Literature, Institute of Philology, Journalism and Intercultural Communication, kotelevskaja.vera@yandex.ru. Southern Federal University (SFedU), 93 Universitetskiy ln, Rostov-on-Don 344065, Russia.

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The Wittgenstein-Bernhard House: Pacing Back and Forth / Logos. 2017. № 6 (121). P. 257-287
annotation:  This paper offers an analysis of a literary interpretation of the early and late thought of Wittgenstein by Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard. The poetics of Korrektur (1975) is at the centre of discussion of obvious intertextual links with Wittgenstein. Particular attention is paid to the spatial image of the ‘cone house’: it was constructed by the character of the novel and became an embodiment of his philosophical and architectural ideas. A comparative study of the Wittgenstein-Engelmann project of the house and the cone house in Bernhard’s novel makes it possible to highlight the aesthetic and philosophical analogies between them. Bernhard’s philosophy of language represented by the protagonist Roithamer evolves from a research of the conditions of language reference to doubting the possibility language, and ultimately to searching ways to go beyond the language-world model in favour of a language-discourse model. The failure of the logic of the language-world model is represented in the novel through the crash of the utopian architectural project (the construction of the cone house for the character’s sister). Thus, the novel presents a fictional analogy between two stages of Wittgenstein’s philosophy: the stage of the “Tractatus” and the stage of “Philosophical investigations,” the so-called Wittgenstein I and Wittgenstein II. The ideal of verbal exactness is impossible, both for the character as well as Wittgenstein I, a Cambridge scholar, a writer and an amateur architect. The discourse about the world is consequently represented as a never-ending correction and rewriting of “propositions” (Sätze) which can never be an exact “picture of reality” (Bild der Wirklichkeit). The key idea of the present paper is focused on defining the ambiguous identity of Bernhard’s intellectual hero and Wittgenstein, the literary character and the real philosopher.
Keywords:  modernism; philosophy of language; linguistic skepticism; philosophy of architecture; Austrian novel of the 20th century; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Thomas Bernhard

Kotelevskaja Vera

Associate Professor at the Department of Theory and History of World Literature, Institute of Philology, Journalism and Intercultural Communication, kotelevskaja.vera@yandex.ru. Southern Federal University (SFedU), 93 Universitetskiy ln, Rostov-on-Don 344065, Russia.

Publications

The Wittgenstein-Bernhard House: Pacing Back and Forth / Logos. 2017. № 6 (121). P. 257-287
annotation:  This paper offers an analysis of a literary interpretation of the early and late thought of Wittgenstein by Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard. The poetics of Korrektur (1975) is at the centre of discussion of obvious intertextual links with Wittgenstein. Particular attention is paid to the spatial image of the ‘cone house’: it was constructed by the character of the novel and became an embodiment of his philosophical and architectural ideas. A comparative study of the Wittgenstein-Engelmann project of the house and the cone house in Bernhard’s novel makes it possible to highlight the aesthetic and philosophical analogies between them. Bernhard’s philosophy of language represented by the protagonist Roithamer evolves from a research of the conditions of language reference to doubting the possibility language, and ultimately to searching ways to go beyond the language-world model in favour of a language-discourse model. The failure of the logic of the language-world model is represented in the novel through the crash of the utopian architectural project (the construction of the cone house for the character’s sister). Thus, the novel presents a fictional analogy between two stages of Wittgenstein’s philosophy: the stage of the “Tractatus” and the stage of “Philosophical investigations,” the so-called Wittgenstein I and Wittgenstein II. The ideal of verbal exactness is impossible, both for the character as well as Wittgenstein I, a Cambridge scholar, a writer and an amateur architect. The discourse about the world is consequently represented as a never-ending correction and rewriting of “propositions” (Sätze) which can never be an exact “picture of reality” (Bild der Wirklichkeit). The key idea of the present paper is focused on defining the ambiguous identity of Bernhard’s intellectual hero and Wittgenstein, the literary character and the real philosopher.
Keywords:  modernism; philosophy of language; linguistic skepticism; philosophy of architecture; Austrian novel of the 20th century; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Thomas Bernhard
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