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The Theme of Alienation in the Prose of Peter Weiss


Kathleen A. Vance

The theme of alienation is explored in five of Peter Weiss' prose works. In each of these works alienation is portrayed through the individual figure's relationship to the world. It is a world characterized by self-preoccupation, cruelty, meaninglessness, and separation. The relationship of the characters to this world is examined in terms of four different levels of experience.
Contents: «Der Schatten des Körpers des Kutschers» the phenomenology of alienation - «Abschied von den Eltern» the recurrence of alienation - «Fluchtpunkt» the dilemma - «Das Gespräch der drei Gehenden» the ontology of alienation - «Die Ästhetik des Widerstands» the ideology of alienation.