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Staging Jörg Haider : protest and resignation in Elfriede Jelinek’s Das Lebewohl and other recent texts for the theatre.

Fiddler, Allyson (2002) Staging Jörg Haider : protest and resignation in Elfriede Jelinek’s Das Lebewohl and other recent texts for the theatre. Modern Language Review, 97 (2). pp. 353-364. ISSN 0026-7937

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    Abstract

    Elfriede Jelinek may have withdrawn her plays from the mainstream stages of Austria, but her stance is anything but one of political resignation. In fact, the idea of resignation is mobilised throughout Jelinek’s oeuvre as an ironic provocation to her reader. In her short drama Das Lebewohl, Jelinek provides a cultural response to Jörg Haider’s resignation from the leadership of the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (and thus as vice-Chancellor of Austria). This article seeks to show how Jelinek satirizes Haider and his ‘farewell’, and explores the frictions and parallels between the dramatists’ two intertexts – Jörg Haider’s own published reflections and Aeschylus’s Oresteia.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Modern Language Review
    Uncontrolled Keywords: political resignation ; ironic provocation ; Das Lebewohl ; Jörg Haider ; Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs ; Aeschylus ; Oresteia
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
    ID Code: 26320
    Deposited By: Professor Allyson Fiddler
    Deposited On: 30 Apr 2009 09:22
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:31
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26320

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