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Disturbing the Metaphor: Performance and Medial Presence in the Fiction of Elfriede Jelinek and Günter Grass
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature. (LNUC Intermedial and Multimodal Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2795-7120
2017 (English)In: Akademisk Kvarter, ISSN 1904-0008, E-ISSN 1904-0008, Vol. 16, p. 36-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I want to discuss the way metaphors take form as diegetic actions in Elfriede Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher (1983) and Günter Grass’s Too Far Afield (1995). In these texts, the reader must literally picture what metaphorical language usually only conceptu-ally refers to. Both authors confront their readers with disturbing actions that are felt to be significant in some way; they resist straight-forward interpretation and rather provoke affective reactions. This deliberate disturbance of metaphorical language can be understood as medial presence effects. They foreground the mediality and mate-riality of language and literature. The way literature performs and functions as a medium is made visible and perceptible.

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Aalborg: Aalborg Universitet , 2017. Vol. 16, p. 36-50
Keywords [en]
Intermediality, performativity, metaphor, presence effects, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass
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Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, German literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70521DiVA, id: diva2:1180402
Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-02-06Bibliographically approved

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