Silke Felber: Travelling Gestures – Elfriede Jelineks Theater der (Tragödien-)Durchquerung

Cover: Aufführungsbild mit einer blutverschmierten Schauspielerin, die einen abgetrennten Teddybär-Kopf in den Händen hält
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Since Ein Sportstück (1998), Elfriede Jelinek’s theater texts have referred to Greek tragedy with inimitable consistency. Against the backdrop of right-wing populism, #metoo, and the climate crisis, the author crosses the gaze of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, thereby traversing and/or queering categorizations in terms of gender, class, and ethnicity.

Silke Felber describes Jelinek’s theater of (tragedy) traversal for the first time at the intersection of theater, literary, and cultural studies. In the form of a material-rich study, this foundational work brings to light gestures of lament and rage that point back to antiquity and, at the same time, to an uncertain future.

The book is published in German

Published in Print and Open Access as PDF and EPUB in November 2023, 350 pages,
ISBN: 978-3-8376-6702-8
About the Author
Silke Felber teaches and researches at the interface of theatre studies, literary studies and cultural studies. She is the winner of the prestigious Hertha Firnberg Award and Elise Richter Award of the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

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