Elfriede Jelinek: Clara S. Musikalische Tragödie [Clara S. A Musical Tragedy]

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  • Helga W. Kraft (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Elfriede Jelinek's play Clara S. Musikalische Tragödie [Clara S.: A Musical Tragedy] premiered on 24 September 1982 at the Theater der Stadt Bonn, Germany, directed by Hans Hollmann. Critical and audience responses were mixed, a typical reaction to early Jelinek performances. The writer explores one of her central topics: the world of art in its pretensions, its connection to gender, its exploitation, and its commercialism. She expanded this theme later in Die Klavierspielerin [The Piano Player, 1983]. As in her other plays, Jelinek uses intertextuality in order to expose concepts, myths, clichés and collectively accepted ideas. She does not want to …

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Kraft, Helga W.. "Clara S. Musikalische Tragödie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2006
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