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March 14-17, 2016

Austria – USA

Artistic and Intercultural Dialogue

The 2016 conference of the Austrian Studies Association (ASA) focused on the artistic and intercultural dialogue between the United States of America and Austria.

Elfriede Jelinek’s oeuvre, which establishes many connections to the US at various levels,  was a point of departure for our explorations: Ever since she started writing, the Austrian Nobelprize winner has taken a critical look at US-American pop culture phenomena and pop myths; she has repeatedly shown her literary engagement with the political conditions, the power structures of the mass media, and the economic crisis in the US. With regard to Jelinek’s aesthetics, one can also note interconnections and influences: for example, Jelinek’s translation of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity Rainbow has had a major impact on her own intertextual writing style, and in her essays, plays, and libretti we can discern her familiarity with the films of David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, et al. as well as with the art of Paul McCarthy or Cindy Sherman. Yet another important dimension is the reception of Jelinek in the USA—as is manifest in translations, performances, and scholarly treatments.

Taking the US-links of Jelinek’s work as a springboard, the conference presentations examined the artistic and intercultural relations between the USA and Austria, which include all forms of art: literature, theater, film, visual arts, and music. The time period, which has been considered for conference papers, spanned the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Organizing Committee:  Pia Janke, Maria-Regina Kecht, Teresa Kovacs


Research Platform Elfriede Jelinek:
Texts - Kontexts - Reception
University of Vienna
Universitätsring 1
1010 Vienna

Contact to the Organizing Committee:
University of Vienna | Universitätsring 1 | 1010 Vienna | T +43-1-4277-0