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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Firda, Richard Arthur, 1931-
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993
|Named Person:||Peter Handke; Peter Handke; Peter Handke|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Richard Arthur Firda
|Description:||xv, 170 pages ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. Origins of a Working-class Writer --
Ch. 2. Theatrical Experiments --
Ch. 3. A Writer's Apprenticeship --
Ch. 4. Mature Fiction --
Ch. 5. Recent Developments: A Tetralogy --
Ch. 6. New Prose: Meditative Fiction.
|Series Title:||Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 828.|
|Responsibility:||Richard Arthur Firda.|
"Although the failure of language as valid communication is a theme common to all Handke's work, Firda argues that Handke in fact uses language as a precision tool - so much so that language would seem the only discernible "hero" of his explorations. In Kaspar (1968), for instance - perhaps Handke's best-known play - a mute is successfully subjected to "speech torture", but his mastery of words does not guarantee lasting control over the objects words signify, and in the end the conventions of language succumb to chaos." "Firda sees Handke's 1966 refutation of the Gruppe 47 as a watershed event in the shaping of postwar European literature. Whereas the Gruppe 47 sought to renew German language and literature on moral and ethical issues and staunchly defended German literature as a means for social regeneration, Handke found inspiration in the likes of French prose theoretician Alain Robbe-Grillet and theater of the absurd dramatists Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. According to Firda, Handke admits feeling the need to find "another country," another Austria, and he expects to find this country in "language," as revealed in the process of writing." "Having lived abroad in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Berlin, and Paris for many years, Handke seems more a writer of modern Europe than of his native Austria. This introduction to the writings of such a complex writer should prove essential reading to students interested in the literature of the new Europe."--Jacket.