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Drama als Störung. Elfriede Jelineks Konzept des Sekundärdramas. Bielefeld: transcript 2016.

 [Drama as Disruption. Elfriede Jelineks Concept of the Secondary Drama]

The book starts from the principle of disruption to describe the resistant, political potential of Elfriede Jelinek's self-introduced "genre" of "secondary drama." The plays "Abraumhalde" ["Mining Dump"] (2009) and "FaustIn and out" (2011), which Jelinek refers to as "secondary dramas," may only be staged together with those texts to which they refer: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise" and Johann Wolfgang Goethe's "Urfaust." Involving perturbation theories of various disciplines, the work focusses on Michel Serres' "The Parasite" and its developed communication model, which leaves the positions of "host", "guest" and "disturber" basically open and therefore ambiguous. This makes it possible not to unilaterally understand Jelinek's texts as a disruption of the dramatical texts, but also to read Lessing's and Goethe's dramas from this position. The work is interested in the relationship of drama and "secondary drama" on the textual level and in the moment of staging. It asks to what extent they modify, question, but also enrich each other. The drama is discussed as a historical form that participates in patriarchal structures of power and violence. The books discusses on this basis the critical potential of  the "secondary drama," which consciously deviates from conventional dramaturgy. It focuses on the intertwining of the literary canon and the excluded, as well as on historical and contemporary textual and theatrical practices.  The book shows how through the combination of drama and "secondary drama" in the moment of the staging fractures are opened that give space to the "other" and make alternative forms of perception possible.



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Reviewed by/in:

Florian Vaßen, Zeitschrift für Theaterpädagogik 72 (2018)

Inge Arteel, Germanistische Mitteilungen 43 (2017)

Brigitte Jirku, Aussiger Beiträge 11 (2017)

Maria-Regina Kecht, Woman in German 128 (2017)

Eleonora Ringler-Pascu, DramArt 6 (2017)

Katharina Pewny, WeiberDiwan 13.7.2017

Elin-Sofie Nesje Vestli, Norsk Shakespeare- und teatertidsskrift 4 (2016)

Manuel Bauer,, 17.1.2016

Tiroler Tageszeitung, 5.10.2016

Wiener Zeitung, 13.10.2016


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Elfriede Jelineks Burgtheater – Eine Herausforderung. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2018. (ed. with Pia Janke and Christian Schenkermayr)

[Elfriede Jelinek's "Burgtheater" – A Challenge]

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SCHREIBEN ALS WIDERSTAND. Elfriede Jelinek & Herta Müller. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2017. (ed. with Pia Janke)

[Writing as Resistance. Elfriede Jelinek & Herta Müller]

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"Postdramatik". Reflexion und Revision. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2015. (ed. with Pia Janke)

["Postdramatic." Reflection and Revision]

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Der Gesamtkünstler. Christoph Schlingensief. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2011. (ed. with Pia Janke)

[The "Gesamtkünstler:" Christoph Schlingensief]

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"Die endlose Unschuldigkeit". Elfriede Jelineks "Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)". Wien: Praesens Verlag 2010. (ed. with Pia Janke and Christian Schenkermayr)

["The endless innocence:" Elfriede Jelinek's "Rechnitz"]

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