JOURNAL OF AUSTRIAN STUDIES 47:4 life based on rumors and leaks about the content of the "real" theatrical piece. Borrowing a well-turned phrase from Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler, he concludes: "Und dieses Stück hat es geschafft, Österreich `zur Kenntlichkeit zu entstellen', ein ganzes Land eine Art Pesiflage seiner selbst vorführen zu lassen" (119). Along with a majority of critical voices, Huber maintains that the lasting impact of Bernhard's theatrical piece together with its pre-performance scandal was to awaken his countrymen to a question of the second Austrian guilt--the postwar repression of the original sin of National Socialism. The other five interpretative studies focus on close re-readings of Bernhard's texts. They rely on allusions to literary predecessors or contemporaries and/or novel theoretical approaches to build persuasive arguments. Paola Bozzi, for example, maintains that the short prose piece "Viktor Halbnarr: Ein Wintermärchen" reveals an underlying mocking attitude toward Goethe's Faust. He convincingly assigns "Faustian" roles to each of the story's characters and bolsters his reading with reference to further examples of mocking reference to Goethe; Murau in Auslöschung, for example: "Faust, [. . .] was für ein Größenwahnsinn! Der total missglückte Versuch eines schreibenden Größenwahnsinnigen" (44). Christine Kanz develops substantial plausibility for
Journal of Austrian Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 27, 2014
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