Elfriede Jelinek

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  • Linda C. DeMeritt (Allegheny College)

With a literary oeuvre spanning close to four decades and comprising numerous prose works, theater pieces, radio plays, and literary essays, Elfriede Jelinek has become one of the most prolific and controversial figures within the contemporary German-speaking literary scene. Along with Peter Handke and especially Thomas Bernhard, she counts as one of Austria's foremost critics, and has established a reputation – or perhaps notoriety is the more apt term - that extends beyond the borders of her homeland to include Germany and other European countries. In October 2004, that reputation was recognized through conferral of the most prestigious of all literary awards: the Nobel Prize for Literature. Jelinek sets her works in the country she …

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Citation:
DeMeritt, Linda C.. "Elfriede Jelinek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5815, accessed 21 December 2014.]

Articles on Jelinek's works

  1. Clara S. Musikalische Tragödie [Clara S. A Musical Tragedy]
  2. Die Klavierspielerin [The Piano Player]
  3. Ein Sportstück [A Sportsplay]
  4. Krankheit oder Moderne Frauen. Wie ein Stück [Illness; or, Modern Women. Like a Play]
  5. Lust [Lust]
  6. Stecken, Stab, und Stangl [Stick, Staff, and Pole]
  7. Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaften [What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband or, Pillars of Society]

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  1. Nobel Prize-winners