Elfriede Jelinek: Writing Woman, Nation, and Identity, A Critical Anthology
Edited by Matthias Piccolruaz Konzett and Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger

About the Editors:
Matthais Piccolruaz Konett is Senior Visiting Lecturer, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages at Tufts University.

Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger is Professor of German and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Lafayette College

This volume is meant to introduce Elfriede Jelinek’s diverse body of writing to the English-speaking public. Moreover, this collection of essays is not only of interest to scholars but also to teachers and students of literature alike. Fourteen scholars provide comprehensive comments on Jelinek’s various contributions to world literature and its contexts in contemporary politics and culture. Their articles offer incisive interpretations and innovative analyses of the writer’s provocative works, discussing her critical influence both on the German and European literary scene. The book’s title Writing Woman, Nation, and Identity echoes the main themes in Jelinek’s oeuvre: Writing as a woman and her negotiations of identity and place in Western society, writing on notions of belonging and exclusion, writing against historical myths and amnesia, and writing to keep the memory of the victims of fascism alive.

Preface: The Many Faces of Elfriede Jelinek
Matthias Piccolruaz Konzett


List of Abbreviations

Part I: Introduction

About the Volume
Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger

The Audacious Art of Elfriede Jelinek: Tour de Force and Irritation
Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger

Part II: Voices of Dissent

Ideology and Criticism in the Novel and the Film
Die Ausgesperrten [Wonderful, Wonderful Times]
Dagmar C.G. Lorenz

Infantile Society and the Rise of Pop Culture: Michael. Ein
Jugendbuch für die Infantilgesellschaft [Michael: An Adolescent Novel for an Infantile Society] and wir sind lockvögel, baby! [We are decoys, baby!]
Rebecca Thomas

Woman, Socialization, and Power: Die Liebhaberinnen [Woman as Lovers] and Was geschah, nachdem Nora Ihren verlassen hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaft [What Happened to Nora After She Left Her Husband or Pillars of Society]
Kathleen L. Komar

The Stage as Accomplice: Elfriede Jelinek’s Politics of the Burgtheater
Edna Epelbaum

Part III: Conflicts of Nationhood and Citizenship

Haunted by History: Ghosts and “Ghosting” in Elfriede Jelinek’s Stecken, Stab und Stangl [Stick, Staff, and Pole]
Michaela Grobbel

Elfriede Jelinek’s Das Lebewohl [ The Farewell]: An Austrian Tragedy
Barbara Kosta

Echoes of Celan and Heidegger in Jelinek’s In den Alpen [In the Alps]
Nancy C. Erickson

The Polyphony of Remembrance: Reading Die Kinder der Toten [The Children of the Dead]
Maria-Regina Kecht

Part IV: Negative Aesthetics, The Body, and Commodity

Building the Austrian Body: Jelinek’s Celebrity Workout
Helga Kraft

Musical Discourse in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin [The Piano Teacher]
Karl Ivan Solibakke

Michael Haneke, The Piano Teacher [Die Klavierspielerin]: Repertories of Power and Desire
Willy Riemer

Jelinek in Film and Script: Tales of Sound versus Fury: Malina (1991)
Sunka Simon

Notes on Contributors

ISBN 978-0-8386-4154-5

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