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Dispersed Personae: Subject-matters of scholarly biography in nineteenth-century oriental philology


Trüper, Henning (2013). Dispersed Personae: Subject-matters of scholarly biography in nineteenth-century oriental philology. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 67(4):1325-1360.

Abstract

This paper is about the history of the European scholarly life as scripted reality. To this end, it explores a variety of patterns of discourse and genres of text concerning the nature and purpose of biography, personhood, and subjectivity in the world of scholarly learning, and more precisely, Oriental studies, in the closing decades of the 19th century. The paper draws on materials pertaining to the lives of Ignaz Goldziher (1850–1921), Theodor Nöldeke (1836–1930), and Enno Littmann (1875–1958). The argument aims to show (1) that the scholarly persona at the time was varied and disunified; (2) that some of the variations of scholarly personae were built on notions, and experiences, of transcending cultural boundaries; and (3) that the very condition of disunity, or dispersion, provided a specific mode of expressing the ineffability of subjectivity in this province of scholarship. In particular, the paper offers an account of the scholarly persona as a carrier of virtue and authority; of the scholarly persona as distinct from, and a spectator of, the great historical persona; and of the scholarly persona as marked by a plotline of cultural transgression and return into the co-operative of science. It concludes with a discussion of poetry as a means of seeking to express the scholarly subject.

Abstract

This paper is about the history of the European scholarly life as scripted reality. To this end, it explores a variety of patterns of discourse and genres of text concerning the nature and purpose of biography, personhood, and subjectivity in the world of scholarly learning, and more precisely, Oriental studies, in the closing decades of the 19th century. The paper draws on materials pertaining to the lives of Ignaz Goldziher (1850–1921), Theodor Nöldeke (1836–1930), and Enno Littmann (1875–1958). The argument aims to show (1) that the scholarly persona at the time was varied and disunified; (2) that some of the variations of scholarly personae were built on notions, and experiences, of transcending cultural boundaries; and (3) that the very condition of disunity, or dispersion, provided a specific mode of expressing the ineffability of subjectivity in this province of scholarship. In particular, the paper offers an account of the scholarly persona as a carrier of virtue and authority; of the scholarly persona as distinct from, and a spectator of, the great historical persona; and of the scholarly persona as marked by a plotline of cultural transgression and return into the co-operative of science. It concludes with a discussion of poetry as a means of seeking to express the scholarly subject.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 67 (2013) > 4
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:03 Mar 2014 08:50
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 20:24
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
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