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Reiselärm und Schreibarbeit. Zu einer produktiven Koinzidenz im Schreiben Peter Handkes/Ein episches Ereignis (Tanja Angela Kunz)
Reiselärm und Schreibarbeit. Zu einer produktiven Koinzidenz im Schreiben Peter Handkes, Ein episches Ereignis
Tanja Angela Kunz
Humboldt-Universität Berlin/Universität Greifswald
Abstract: Travel is a frequent topic in literary works. However, the relationship between actual travelling and the conceptual work of writing is not self-evident. While travelling, one is hardly in the condition to compose long works, and while sitting one can only recollect and reflect upon the experience of travel, or even dream about it. If writing and thinking are activities that require silence, encountering the world through travel often implies technological noise and bustle. This basic tension, which might seem too practical or profane, is a structural element in the works of Peter Handke, which often revolve around the act of walking and travelling. This paper analyses the ways in which the combination of travelling and writing on the one side, and of silence and noise on the other, are removed from the sphere of triviality to be transformed into epic material – into what Handke considers to be a harmonic narration that is able to incorporate and mitigate through language all the negative aspects of worldly experience. The author opposes his own favourite sounds, such as the rustle of leaves, the rattle of trains, the murmur of a pencil or the sound of a Jew’s harp, to the detestable noise of the world. By discussing some of Handke’s most remarkable works, including The Wrong Move, Afternoon of a Writer, the...
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