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Literary Interventions and Texts in Transit in the Work of Kathrin Röggla

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Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)72-90
Number of pages19
JournalAustrian Studies
Accepted/In press2 Jan 2019
Published31 Mar 2019


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This article explores issues of testimony and literary intervention in recent writings by the writer and theatre maker Kathrin Röggla, It analyses her problematization of first-person witnessing as inadequate within populist media culture. Instead, using theoretical work by Maurizio Lazzarato, the article identifies Röggla’s project to devise a ‘text in transit’ able to engage with neo-liberal modes of governance at the threshold of detectability. The spectral presence of Ingeborg Bachmann facilitates central interpretation of die unvermeidlichen [the unavoidables, 2011] as a theatre text that unmasks the workings of disembodied political systems through the voice of the simultaneous interpreter.

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