Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From Old Masters, by Thomas Bernhard

When I think that even super-intelligent people have been taken in by Heidegger and that even one of my best women friends wrote a dissertation about Heidegger, and moreover wrote that dissertation quite seriously, I feel sick to this day, Reger said. 
Reger's opinion about Heidegger is quite surprising to me, actually, although I can see how Bernhard and Heidegger would be a sort of oil-and-water combination, but I really like that Reger has to specify that his friend wrote her dissertation quite seriously—is there an Austrian habit of writing unserious dissertations? I've written unserious abstracts before (e.g., "The Awkward Ache: Castration Anxiety in Henry James"), but, you know, that was college. I know better now.

18 comments:

jake said...

I think Bernhard is referring to Ingeborg Bachmann here, isn't he?

Andrew Seal said...

I didn't know she had written on Heidegger--but that does seem likely. Thanks for the tip!

Bob said...

Bachmann ? or Hannah Arendt ?

Andrew Seal said...

I'm not sure Bernhard would have known Arendt well enough to call her a friend, although that would have been a very interesting friendship. Her dissertation was written on Augustine, I believe, and under the supervision of Karl Jaspers--Heidegger wasn't her technical advisor, from what I understand.

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