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Den Nicht-Ort gibt es nicht: Handke and the spirit of place in 'Versuch über den Stillen Ort'.

Halsall, Robert

Authors

Robert Halsall



Contributors

Paul Michael Lützeler
Editor

Erin McGlothlin
Editor

Jennifer Kapczynski
Editor

Abstract

Handkes concern with place has been seen as a search for a utopia, characteristic of a writer who has allegedly become increasingly weltfremd. This essay examines Handkes most recent work, Versuch Über den Stillen Ort, in the light of this critique. In this essay it is argued that Handkes poetics of place, as exemplified in the Versuch, is rather a search for the genius loci or spirit of place. This spirit belongs not just to idyllic places far removed from civilization, but can be found in places that have been dismissed as inauthentic or non-places epitomized by a place associated with the lowest and most abject aspects of humanity, the toilet, which is the central poetic focus of the text.

Citation

HALSALL, R. 2013. Den Nicht-Ort gibt es nicht: Handke and the spirit of place in 'Versuch über den Stillen Ort'. In Lützeler, P.M., McGlothlin, E. and Kapczynski, J. (eds.) Gegenwartsliteratur: ein germanistischen Jahrbuch: a German studies yearbook, 12/2013. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, pages 139-164.

Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 5, 2015
Publisher Stauffenburg Verlag
Pages 139-164
Book Title Gegenwartsliteratur: ein germanistischen Jahrbuch: a German studies yearbook, 12/2013
ISBN 9783860575833
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1111
Publisher URL http://www.stauffenburg.de/asp/books.asp?id=1263

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