Fremdheit, Feindschaft. Österreichische Ökumene bei Musil und Handke

Honold, Alexander. (2011) Fremdheit, Feindschaft. Österreichische Ökumene bei Musil und Handke. In: Musil-Forum. Studien zur Literatur der klassischen Moderne., 31. Berlin, pp. 140-159.

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"Kakania" was Musil's designation for the Austro-Hungarian Empire in its pre-war period. The Man Without Qualities refers to a political system without individual qualities, a country that defines itself only by means of metaphors and metonymies. The name also suggests the fragile construction of a multicultural society avant la lettre. While Europe's nations became restrictive ideological frameworks for hegemonical attitudes, the Habsburg Empire had passed into a post-imperial agony. As Musil puts it, late Kakania was quite a modern society, even without knowing it. In Peter Handke's writings concerning Slovenia and the myth of the "ninth land", the idea of a multicultural and multilingual community appears as a similarly vivid concept.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft (Honold)
UniBasel Contributors:Honold, Alexander
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Publisher:De Gruyter
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