For Elfriede Jelinek, the noughties were a not only a decade of international . campaigns Neid represents a new stage of Jelinek’s authorship policy as she. Next to Jelinek’s novel Neid, The Children of the Dead is her longest work. Although it can be classified as a postmodern horror novel, Jelinek herself calls it a. Location. GH Grant Hall. Audience. Faculty/Staff/Students. Website. edu/las/lcsl/Eventinfo/ Contact. [email protected]

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Her father was a chemistwho managed to avoid persecution during the Second World War jeliek working in strategically important industrial production.

However, many relatives became victims nedi the Holocaust. Her mother, with whom she had a strained relationship, was from a formerly prosperous Vienna family. As a child, Elfriede attended a Roman Catholic convent school in Vienna. Her mother planned a career for her as a musical wunderkind. She was instructed in piano, organ, guitar, violin, viola and recorder from an early age. Later, she went on to study at the Vienna Conservatorywhere she jelinwk with an organist diploma; during this time, she tried to meet her mother’s high expectations while coping with her psychologically ill father.

However, she had to discontinue her studies due to an anxiety disorderwhich resulted in self-isolation at her parents’ house for a year. During this time, she began serious literary work as a form of therapy. After a year, she began to feel comfortable leaving the house, often with her mother.

She made her literary debut with Lisas Schatten Lisa’s Shadow inand received her first literary prize in During the s, she became active politically, read a great deal, and “spent an enormous amount of time watching television.

Despite the author’s own differentiation from Austria due to her criticism of Austria’s Nazi past Jelinek’s writing is deeply rooted in the tradition of Austrian literatureshowing the influence of Austrian writers such as Ingeborg BachmannMarlen Haushoferand Robert Musil.

Antisocial studies

Jelinek’s political positions, in particular her feminist stance and her Communist Party affiliations, are of vital importance to any assessment of her work. They are also a part of the reason for the controversy jeline, at Jelinek and her work. Editor Friederike Eigler states that Jelinek has three major and inter-related “targets” in her writing: Jelinek was a member of Austria’s Communist Party from to Following the National Council elections and the subsequent formation of a coalition cabinet consisting of the Freedom Party and the Austrian People’s PartyJelinek became one of the new cabinet’s most vocal critics.


Many foreign governments moved neic to ostracize Austria’s administration, citing the Freedom Party’s alleged nationalism and authoritarianism. This provoked a temporary heating of the political climate severe enough for dissidents such as Jelinek neeid be accused of treason by coalition supporters.

Jelinek petitioned for neud release of Jack Unterwegerwho was imprisoned for the murder of a prostitute, and who was regarded by intellectuals and politicians as an example of successful rehabilitation. Unterweger was later found guilty of murdering nine more women within two years of his release, and committed suicide after his arrest. Jelinek’s output has included radio plays, poetry, theatre texts, polemical essays, anthologies, novels, translations, screenplays, musical compositions, libretti and ballets, film and video art.

It has been praised and condemned by leading literary critics. Female sexualitysexual abuse, and the battle of the sexes in general are prominent topics in her work. We are Decoys, Baby! According to Jelinek, power and aggression are often the principal driving forces of relationships.

It received poor reviews by many critics, some of whom likened it to pornography. But others, who noted the power of nied cold descriptions of moral failures, considered it to have been misunderstood and undervalued by them.

Her novel The Piano Teacher was the basis for the film of the same title by Austrian director Michael Hanekestarring Isabelle Huppert as the protagonist. Her work is less known in English-speaking countries.

Elfriede Jelinek Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Jelinek said she felt very happy to receive the Nobel Prize, but felt “despair for becoming a known, a person of the public”. Known for her modesty and subtle self-ironyshe — a reputed feminist writer — wondered if she had been awarded the prize mainly for “being a woman”, and suggested that among authors writing in German, Peter Handkewhom she praises as a “living classic”, would have been a more worthy recipient.

Jelinek was criticized for not accepting the prize in person; instead, a video message [18] was presented at the ceremony. Others appreciated how Jelinek revealed that she suffers from agoraphobia and social phobiaparanoid conditions that developed when she first decided to write seriously.

She has said her anxiety disorders make it impossible for her to go to the cinema or board an airplane in an interview she wished to be able to fly to New York to see the je,inek one day before dyingand incapable of taking part in any ceremony. InKnut Ahnlund left the Swedish Academy in protest, describing Jelinek’s work as “whining, unenjoyable public pornography”, as well as “a mass of text shovelled together without artistic structure”.


He said later that her selection for the prize “has not only done irreparable damage to all progressive forces, it has also confused the general view of literature as an art”. From Wikipedia, the neif encyclopedia. Women Writers in German-Speaking Countries. Anti-War Theatre After Brecht. The Australian5 May Retrieved 6 October Sports Play – Nuffield Jelnek, Lancaster”.

Retrieved March 21, Boston Globe12 October Works by Elfriede Jelinek. Laureates of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Eliot William Faulkner Bertrand Russell. Kydland Norway Edward C.

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Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Elfriede Jelinek in Feminismsocial criticismpostdramatic theatre. Nobel Prize in Literature I was 27; he was I knew enough men. Sexuality was, strangely, the only area where I emancipated myself early on. Our marriage takes place in two cities.

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It’s a kind of Tale of Two Cities in the Dickensian sense. I’ve always commuted between Vienna and Munich.

Vienna is where I’ve always lived because my friends are here and because I’ve never wanted to leave Vienna. In the end I’ve been caught up here. Munich is my husband’s city and so I’ve always traveled to and from, and that’s been good for our marriage. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elfriede Jelinek.

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