Arati Kumari: Elfriede Jelinek’s Theater Texts – A Case of Drifting and Rhizome Making.

Teilaspekt des Forschungsprojekts
(für den Nachwuchsworkshop 2018)

While documenting (the facts in aesthetic ways), crafting the language to point out at some particular consciousness (basing it on philosophical discourses), incorporating (the reports, the poems etc.) inserting the images, (to enhance the message of the play), using montage technique (for arranging quotes from German thinkers), she is ‘doing’ things with the materials. Jelinek works with various existing materials and present them as theater piece, one needs to approach her work through one’s understanding of those material, because the existing material also enter into new ways, and in new light, in a new context, according to Jelinek’s strategy. The works get crafted by the playwright and pass by her. Her work emerges through the epistemology of doing by the writer and it further demands from the one who engages with her work to get involved in the epistemology of doing as well. Why? What factors in her works indicate at the aspect of doing things with her work, in the place of conventional engagement with a literary work that was representational in nature and proposed ‘seeing’, I would like to explore within the scope of this paper. Deleuze and Guittari while engaging themselves with the concept of rhizome, say, ““We will never ask what a book means… We will ask what it functions with, in connection with what other things it does or does not transmit intensities, in which other multiplicities its own are inserted and metamorphosed, and with what bodies without organs it makes its own converge.” It is the other with which a work transmits and with certain intensity it transmits, which connects to the functionality of a rhizomatic work. While I am reading Jelinek’s theater texts, I will let her work and the theory of rhizome intersect in one section and in another the theory of drift and her work intersect.


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