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Staging Jörg Haider: Protest and Resignation in Elfriede Jelinek's "Das Lebewohl" and Other Recent Texts for the Theatre
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 2002), pp. 353-364
Published by: Modern Humanities Research Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3736865
Page Count: 12
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Elfriede Jelinek may have withdrawn her plays from the mainstream stages of Austria, but her stance is anything but one of political resignation. In fact, the idea of resignation is mobilized throughout Jelinek's work as an ironic provocation to her reader. In her short drama "Das Lebewohl," Jelinek provides a cultural response to Jörg Haider's resignation from the leadership of the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (thus foregoing the position of Vice-Chancellor of Austria). This article seeks to show how Jelinek satirizes Haider and his 'farewell', and explores the frictions and parallels between the dramatist's two intertexts--Jörg Haider's own published reflections and Aeschylus's Oresteia.
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