Peter Handke, Publikumsbeschimpfung und andere Sprechstücke [Offending the Audience]

Piet Defraeye (University of Alberta)
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Peter Handke’s first produced play, Offending the Audience [original title Publikumsbeschimpfung, also translated as The Audience Abused and as Public Insult], premiered in June, 1966, as part of the inaugural “Experimenta” arts festival in Frankfurt. Initially Handke, who had recently gained a reputation as an experimental novelist with his début novel Die Hornissen [The Hornets, 1966], had a hard time finding a willing and suitable forum to have his theatrical endeavour produced. The prominent publishing house Suhrkamp had published the play, together with two other so-called “Sprechstücke”, but no theatre was apparently interested in mounting it, which makes it one of those very rare occasions where a playscript is published before its first staging. Suhrkamp contacted over…

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Citation: Defraeye, Piet. "Publikumsbeschimpfung und andere Sprechstücke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2014 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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