Elfriede Jelinek: Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaften [What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband or, Pillars of Society] (1550 words)

Linda C. DeMeritt (Allegheny College)
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Elfriede Jelinek’s first play, Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte; oder Stützen der Gesellschaften [What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband; or Pillars of Society] premiered October 1979 in Graz, Austria, with Kurt Josef Schildknecht as director. The Nobel Prize winning author’s theatrical debut has been largely neglected by critical circles and the media; yet it serves to introduce many of the themes and formal innovations that characterize the author’s entire literary oeuvre. The play challenges the optimistic confidence of the women’s movement gaining momentum during the late 1970s in West Germany and Austria. Jelinek borrows Henrik Ibsen’s main figure …

Citation: DeMeritt, Linda C.. "Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaften". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16861, accessed 06 July 2022.]

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