Prof., Prof. h.c. Dr. Michael STEPPAT
Myra and Charlton Hinman Research Fellow
|School of Linguistics and Literary Studies
University of Bayreuth
Office: 1.09 GW1 (Consultations by arrangement)
Primary Investigator (Bavarian Academic Center for China):
Intercultural communication and identity: Perspectives on America (cooperative program network with Shanghai International Studies University)
Context: Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS)
New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (DFG)
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested:
that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously;
and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Francis Bacon, "Of Studies" (1612)
Do you never have the sense that our metaphors eat up our world?
I mean of course everything connects and connects--all the time--
and I suppose one studies--I study--literature because all these connections
seem both endlessly exciting and then in some sense dangerously powerful--
as though we held a clue to the true nature of things?
Roland, in Antonia S. Byatt, Possession (1990)