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New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture


Edited By Katya Krylova

This volume brings together contributions arising from papers originally presented at the Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture International Conference held at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. It examines trends in contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture, predominantly over the past thirty years. This period has been one of great transformation in Austrian society, with the Waldheim affair of 1986–1988 marking the beginning of a belated process of confronting the country’s National Socialist past. The sixteen chapters of the volume analyse literary texts, films, memorial projects and Austria’s musical heritage, considering works by cultural practitioners operating both within and outside of Austria. The collection offers a multi-perspectival view on how contemporary Austria sees itself and how it is, in turn, seen by others from various vantage points.

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10 Der Rhythmus als subversive Textstrategie. Gezeigt an Texten Thomas Bernhards und Ernst Jandls (Lydia Haider)


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10 Der Rhythmus als subversive Textstrategie. Gezeigt an Texten Thomas Bernhards und Ernst Jandls


Subversive aspects in the texts of Thomas Bernhard and Ernst Jandl have already been identified and analysed. This chapter reveals the connection of the subversive moment to a very special rhythm, defined as a subversive rhythm and called a trochaic pattern, which causes multiple dimensions of subversion, related to evoked orality. Based on the methods of Henri Meschonnic’s Critique du rythme (in the German adaptation by Hans Lösener as Der Rhythmus in der Rede), and on methods describing the subversive elements, as Thomas Ernst does in Literatur und Subversion, the chapter brings the different strands of linguistic and theoretical analysis together with elements of musicology. It argues that using this rhythm serves to undermine categories such as gender roles and stereotypes, art and the understanding of art, the so-called Bildungsbürgertum [educated middle class], and the confrontation with National Socialism in Austria.

Warum Thomas Bernhard und Ernst Jandl?

Dass Texte Thomas Bernhards und Ernst Jandls in auffallend vielen Fällen mit Musik zu tun haben, ist keine Neuheit. Das je spezifische Verhältnis der Autoren zum Musikhaften sowie dessen Widerspiegelung im Werk, wurde von der Forschung genau dokumentiert. So kreisen nicht nur die Inhalte um das Thema Musik, darüber hinaus nutzen die Autoren musikähnliche Sprachverfahren oder kooperieren mit Komponisten, die ihre Texte vertonen. Texten beider Autoren ist...

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