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Literature - Theater - Performance - Culture

I studied German literture as well as theater, film and media studies at the University of Vienna (Austria). My research addresses several topics: theories of drama and postdramatic theater, transcultural theater, theater history, early avant-garde and performance art, comedy theory, post-war German literature, poetics of disruption, arts and politics, and gender studies. I continue to work on e.g. Elfriede Jelinek, Heiner Müller, Herta Müller, René Pollesch, Christoph Schlingensief, Einar Schleef. Most recently, I held a post-doctoral position at the University of Vienna (Research Platform Elfriede Jelinek), where I taught in the Department for Theater, Film and Media Studies as well as the German Studies Department.


My book Drama als Störung. Elfriede Jelineks Konzept des Sekundärdramas [Drama as Disruption: Elfriede Jelinek's Concept of the Secondary Drama] (2016) focuses on different theoretical approaches to the principle of disruption and deals with the critical and political dimension of this concept as it is employed by Jelinek. In addition, I'm co-editor of Elfriede Jelineks Burgtheater – Eine Herausforderung (2018), SCHREIBEN ALS WIDERSTAND – Elfriede Jelinek & Herta Müller (2017), "Postdramatik" – Reflexion und Revision (2015), Der Gesamtkünstler. Christoph Schlingensief (2011), and "Die endlose Unschuldigkeit:" Elfriede Jelineks Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel) (2010).


My current book project focuses on ruinous urban landscapes. I'm especially interested in the depiction of formerly urban surroundings in theater, performance and the visual arts. The project will explore the manifestation of ruinous structures in diverse works of artists and performance groups like Christoph Schlingensief, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, René Pollesch, theatercombinat, Allan Kaprow, Robert Wilson, Dries Verhoeven, Wunderbaum, Tashiki Okada, Max Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Carolee Schneemann. I will unfold the concepts of the ruin, the landscape, and the urban to show that all three deal dominantly with the relation between humans and their surroundings.


On this website you will find my CV as well as information about my books, articles, and talks. Moreover, you will find the dialogues, interviews and roundtables in which I have participated and the conferences, seminars, and panels I have organized. There is additional information about the courses I have taught and about my own theater projects. Last but not least, you will find some reports about my work as well as some related links.

Dr. Teresa Kovacs

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor