File spoon-archives/heidegger.archive/heidegger_2001/heidegger.0107, message 75


Subject: The Recalcitrant Art
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 19:25:27 +0100


Does anyone know the book The Recalcitrant Art: Diotoma's Letters to 
Hoelderlin and Related Missives, (SUNY Press, 2000)?

It claims to be the work of Douglas F Kenney, who translated the 
letters of Suzette Gontard, 'Diotima' (these letters are, at least, 
genuine) and Sabine Menner-Bettscheid, who writes a kind of commentary, 
part scholarly, part fictional. The letters appear on the left hand 
page, the commentary on the right. The editors/translators/commentators 
make note of their disagreement about how the book was to be presented 
in their preface. The foreward by David Farrell Krell states that 
Kenney and Menner-Bettscheid died in a car crash while the manuscript 
was under consideration, and that he then took charge of seeing it 
through to completion.

But my suspicions were aroused by a number of things - Kenney's 
initials are the same as Krell's, and Krell is listed as the author in 
the Library of Congress data in the inside cover. His name is the only 
one beside the title on the cover. On investigation, neither Kenney nor 
Menner-Bettscheid appear in library catalogues, despite Kenney 
apparently having written 'monographs on a number of figures in German 
literature and philosophy'. The whole project stylistically smacks of 
Krell's play with voices in texts...

Does anyone know anything else, anything at all, about this text?

Thanks

Stuart

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