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Komödie und Obszönität: Der sexuelle Witz bei Jelinek und Freud
The German Quarterly
Vol. 70, No. 1 (Winter, 1997), pp. 27-38
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/407839
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The essay provides an analysis of Elfriede Jelinek's play, Raststätte oder Sie machens alle: Eine Komödie (1994), which depicts graphic sex in a highway rest stop, abounds in obscene language, and has been dismissed by many of its initial critics as pornography. Instead of perpetuating this approach, however, the essay argues that the play's manifold comic elements raise the question as to whether pornography caǹ coexist with comedy. Viewing Raststätte through the lens of Freud's joke theory reveals that the relationship between pornography and comedy in Jelinek is analogous to the relationship for Freud between smut and obscene humor, and that Jelinek's thoroughgoing social critique nonetheless transcends the parameters of gender and education on which Freud's categories are based.
The German Quarterly © 1997 American Association of Teachers of German