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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: theatre and performance theory, theatre history, theories of drama, dramaturgy, theatre and politics, transcultural theatre, globalization and performance, ecocriticism, theatre and migration, performance and the city, ruins, landscape theory, aesthetics of disruption, theatre and visual arts, cultural analysis, gender and queer theory.  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. Currently I am a Visiting Scholar (Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, FWF) at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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 Postdramatic Theatre and Transcultural Theatre (2018), 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 and performance. The project will explore the manifestation of ruinous structures in diverse works of artists and performance groups like Heiner Goebbels, Dimiter Gotscheff, Christoph Schlingensief, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, René Pollesch, theatercombinat, and Johan Simons. 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.

Teresa Kovacs, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor