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Dialogicity, monologicity and the crisis of hospitality in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Schutzbefohlenen.

Wilkinson, Jane



This article argues that the combination of dialogicity, monologicity and polyphony in Jelinek’s play Die Schutzbefohlenen [Charges] serves to present Austria and the EU’s so-called ‘refugee crisis’ as a crisis of hospitality. Specifically, it analyses moments in the play text where dialogue is attempted but fails or where voices talk past each other to suggest that the monologic aspects of the text highlight both the inhospitality experienced by many seeking refuge in Austria and the EU as well as the sense of crisis among host-society politicians and citizens, stemming from their perception that they can neither control the arrival of refugees nor the discourse surrounding them.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2020
Journal Austrian Studies
Print ISSN 1350-7532
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Pages 91-105
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Contract Date Feb 21, 2019


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