Elfriede Jelinek

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Elfriede Jelinek (2004)

Elfriede Jelinek (born October 20, 1946 in Mürzzuschlag ) is an Austrian writer who lives in Vienna and Munich . In 2004 she received the Nobel Prize for Literature for “the musical flow of voices and dissenting voices in novels and dramas that reveal the absurdity and compelling power of social clichés with a unique linguistic passion”.

Elfriede Jelinek writes against grievances in public, political, but also in private life in Austrian society. In doing so, she uses a sarcastic , provocative style that is described by her opponents (“ nest defilement ” discussion), but also by herself, as obscene , blasphemous , vulgar or scornful.

life and work

Childhood, Adolescence and First Publications

Elfriede Jelinek was born on October 20, 1946 in Mürzzuschlag . Her mother Olga, b. Buchner, came from the Viennese upper middle class and supported the family for a long time by working as an accountant. Her father Friedrich Jelinek was a chemist, a graduate of the Vienna University of Technology and of Jewish - Czech descent. His “war-serving” profession saved him from persecution under the Nazi regime ; he was assigned a job in the defense industry. Friedrich Jelinek became mentally ill during the 1950s; During the 1960s he lived at home in an increasingly confused state. He died in 1969 in a psychiatric clinic in complete mental derangement.

The mother took care of Jelinek's education. Jelinek went to a Catholic kindergarten and then to a convent school, which she found extremely restrictive (essay “Going to school is like going to death”). Your striking urge brought on the advice of the nuns in the child psychiatry , the special education department of the Children's Hospital of the University of Vienna, by Hans Asperger was headed, although her behavior was medically in the standard. Apart from that, the mother planned her daughter's career as a musical prodigy, and Jelinek was already taking piano, guitar, flute, violin and viola lessons in elementary school. At the age of 13 she was accepted into the Conservatory of the City of Vienna , where she studied organ , piano , recorder and later also composition . At the same time, she completed her secondary education at the Wirtschaftskundliches Realgymnasium Wien-Feldgasse .

In the tradition of the Viennese group , Jelinek first introduced lower case letters , which she later gave up.

After graduating from high school , the first mental breakdown occurred. Nevertheless, she studied art history and theater studies for a few semesters at the University of Vienna until, in 1967, forced by anxiety, she dropped out of studies and spent a year at home in complete isolation. During this time she began to write; her first poems were printed in magazines and small publishers. In 1967 her volume of poetry, Lisa's Shadow, was published. The first novel bukolit (1968) remained unpublished until 1979. After the death of her father in 1969, she began to recover; she was involved in the 1968 movement and lived for a few months in a left-wing shared apartment a. a. with Robert Schindel and Leander Kaiser .

In 1971 she passed the organ exam at the conservatory with Leopold Marksteiner . Decisive for her further literary work at this time was the confrontation with the theories of Roland Barthes , which she processed in the essay The Endless Innocence . In 1972 she lived with Gert Loschütz in Berlin, but returned to Vienna the following year. In 1974 she joined the KPÖ and was involved in election campaigns and cultural events such as B. in the context of the author's readings under the title Left Word at the Volksstimmefest .

On June 12, 1974, Elfriede Jelinek and Gottfried Hüngsberg married , who was writing film music for Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the time and has been working as a computer scientist in Munich since the mid-1970s.

Great successes, scandals and withdrawals

Since the marriage, Elfriede Jelinek lived alternately in Vienna and Munich. Her literary breakthrough came in 1975 with the novel Die Liebhaberinnen, the Marxist - feminist caricature of a homeland novel. Numerous radio plays were written, especially in the 1970s; At the beginning of the 80s, Die Ausgesperrten appeared as a radio play, a novel and finally also as a film with Paulus Manker (the model is a real murder case in Vienna shortly before Christmas 1965, which was commented on in detail by the media on the occasion of the judgment on May 10, 1966).

The first major Jelinek scandal was brought about in 1985 by the world premiere of Burgtheater . The drama deals with the inadequate coming to terms with the Nazi past in Austria, with the past of actress Paula Wessely at the center. In the public perception, however, the text appeared reduced to personal allusions to prominent followers of the time. In 1983 the novel The Piano Player was published . In the reviews, however, the biographical interpretation predominated; the discussion of the text took a back seat.

In 1989 the next sensational and at the same time Jelinek best-selling work followed with pleasure . Jelinek's examination of the patriarchal power relations, including in the area of ​​sexuality, was scandalized beforehand as “female porn ”.

Jelinek, together with Erika Pluhar , Ernest Bornemann and other intellectuals, stood up for Jack Unterweger , the "port literary" convicted of murder , who was released in 1990 and who - once again at liberty - committed nine more murders.

In 1991 Jelinek, with the two chairmen Susanne Sohn and Walter Silbermayer , left the KPÖ. At the same time, it is in connection with the pluralistic-Marxist science magazine “ Das Argument ”, which is published by Wolfgang Fritz Haug u. a. is issued.

After the theater play Raststätte received a similar reception as Lust and after personal attacks on the author on election posters of the Vienna FPÖ in 1995, Jelinek announced her withdrawal from the Austrian public and issued a ban on the performance of her plays in Austria.

Comeback, polarization and the Nobel Prize

Thus, Plug, Stab und Stangl , the four 1995 Burgenland committed murders of living there Roma theme in Hamburg from Tirzah Bruncken staged and on 12 April 1996 in Malersaal the Deutsches Schauspielhaus premiered. Elfriede Jelinek's return to Vienna was celebrated on January 23, 1997 in the Burgtheater with the premiere of this play, directed by George Tabori . In 1998 there followed the world premiere of the short version of Ein Sportstück , which lasted no less than six hours, directed by Einar Schleef . The long version of the play with the participation of the author premiered on March 14, 1998 there.

Even after the new performance ban, which Jelinek issued in 2000 on the occasion of the formation of the black and blue government in Austria, she made specific reference to current politics; During a Thursday demonstration critical of the government in 2000 on the Ballhausplatz in Vienna, Das Lebewohl. A Haider monologue with the actor Martin Wuttke premiered. In the same year, in the context of the Schlingensief campaign, Please loves Austria , as its “patroness” she u. a. together with Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Gregor Gysi , the puppet theater - montage "I love Austria" , which criticizes the way asylum seekers in Austria is handled.

In 2003, Das Werk , directed by Nicolas Stemann, was premiered at the Akademietheater of the Burgtheater . The production was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen and won the Mülheim Dramatist Prize . In the same year Christoph Schlingensief staged Bambiland at the Burgtheater . Also in 2003, Olga Neuwirth's musical theater Lost Highway had its premiere, the libretto of which was written by Elfriede Jelinek.

In 2004 the Elfriede Jelinek Research Center was founded in Vienna , a documentation, information and communication center on the author, which is located at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Vienna . That year Jelinek also received the Nobel Prize for Literature .

Since the Nobel Prize

In 2005 the Vienna Burgtheater premiered Babel , a monumental meditation on the Iraq war and the torture scandal in Abu Ghraib , directed by Nicolas Stemann , who in October 2006 also wrote Jelinek's RAF drama Ulrike Maria Stuart and in spring 2009 her business comedy Die Staged contracts of the merchant .

In an interview with the magazine littéraire (2007) on the occasion of the drastic French translation of Die Kinder der Toten , Jelinek repeated the list of her big themes: an oppressive childhood, her polemics against “nature” and “innocence”, her hatred the repressed Nazi legacy of the country. She said that a large part of Austria's literature revolves around the "black hole" Hitler.

From spring 2007 to spring 2008 she published the chapters of her "private novel" Neid one after the other on her website . Jelinek completed this novel, which should not appear as a book but rather remain a pure online text , in May 2008. In printed form it would be around 900 pages. Jelinek is continuing her “deadly sin project”, which she started in 1989 with lust and supplemented in 2000 with greed .

Also in 2008 the play Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel) was released , which was premiered on November 28th at the Münchner Kammerspiele under the direction of Jossi Wieler .

At the end of 2009 Jelinek protested against the now withdrawn honor of the Holocaust denier Walter Lüftl by the Vienna University of Technology with a “golden engineering diploma” for “special scientific merits” and the man's “outstanding professional work”. In this context, she also revealed something of her family history, namely the hostility and difficulties caused by anti-Semites, under which her father, as a " half-Jew " (according to Globke's definition), passed his engineering examination; further that he had to do a kind of scientific forced labor at Semperit and that this fact has burdened him all his life.

In 2012, her work Die Straße. The town. The attack , directed by Johan Simons , was commissioned to mark the 100th year of the founding of the Kammerspiele. It deals with the myth of Munich's Maximilianstrasse .

On December 10, 2013, Human Rights Day , Jelinek is one of five Nobel Prize winners in literature out of 560 writers who protested against systematic surveillance on the Internet by secret services as part of the Stop Watching Us campaign .

In November 2015, the Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński wanted to prevent a performance of Jelinek's Death and the Maiden at the Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu , the Polish Theater in Wroclaw . The reason for this was alleged sexual acts on stage, the staging violated "principles of social coexistence". The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Wroclaw also protested against the appearance of "foreign porn actors" (Czech actors were hired for the play). The premiere took place anyway, some demonstrators tried to block access to the theater. The director of the theater, Krzysztof Mieszkowski , demanded the resignation of the Minister of Culture and accused him of an unprecedented attempt at censorship. However, the theater director lost his job, who was replaced in August 2016. A presenter of the state television broadcaster TVP was also suspended after asking the minister critical questions about the cause.

On the evening that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Elfriede Jelinek began to write her piece Am Königsweg . Before Trump's inauguration, she had completed a first draft of the text. The Bayerische Rundfunk produced the radio version of Am Königsweg as German Erstinszenierung in two versions: A version in three parts, which contains the unabridged text, and a self-contained, all the material compressed summary.

Honourings and prices

social commitment

  • Elfriede Jelinek has been LILALU's mentor since 2009 .

Catalog raisonné



  • What happened after Nora left her husband or support the companies. 1977.
  • Clara S. 1981.
  • Burgtheater. 1985.
  • Disease or modern women. 1987.
  • President Evening Wind. 1987.
  • Clouds home 1988.
  • Totenauberg. 1991.
  • Rest stop. 1994.
  • Stick, stick and stick. 1996.
  • A piece of sport . 1998
  • he not as him. 1998.
  • Never mind. A little trilogy of death. 1999 (Contains Erlkönigin , Death and the Maiden [I] and The Wanderer )
  • The Goodbye. 2000.
  • In the Alps. 2002.
  • The work. 2003.
  • Princesses' dramas (Death and the Maiden I – V).
  • Bambiland . 2003
  • Babel. 2005.
  • Ulrike Maria Stuart . 2006
  • About animals. 2006.
  • Rechnitz (The Choking Angel). 2008 (world premiere on November 28, 2008 at the Münchner Kammerspiele )
  • Spoil dump. 2009. Secondary drama to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise
  • The merchant's contracts. A business comedy. 2009 (world premiere at Schauspiel Köln 2009)
  • The factory / On the bus / A fall. 2010 (world premiere at Schauspiel Köln 2010)
  • Winter trip. 2011 (world premiere at the Schauspielhaus der Münchner Kammerspiele on February 2, 2011, production: Johan Simons ); Text edition: Winterreise. A play . Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-498-03236-4 .
  • No light. 2011 (world premiere at Schauspiel Köln, September 29, 2011, production: Karin Beier )
  • Faust in and out. Secondary drama. To Goethe's Urfaust . World premiere at the Schauspielhaus Zurich 2012, staged by Dušan David Pařízek ;
  • The street. The town. The raid. 2012 (world premiere at the Münchner Kammerspiele, October 27, 2012, production: Johan Simons)
  • Shadow (Eurydice says). 2013 (World premiere at the Burgtheater Vienna, January 17, 2013, staging: Matthias Hartmann , German premiere at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe , November 27, 2014, staging: Jan Philipp Gloger )
  • Why, surely! 2013 (World premiere at Theater Bremen , March 15, 2013, production: Alexander Riemenschneider)
  • Pure gold . A stage essay . Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-498-03339-2 .
  • The wards . 2014 (World premiere at Thalia Theater Hamburg, September 12, 2014, staging: Nicolas Stemann )
  • The silent girl. 2014 (World premiere at the Münchner Kammerspiele, September 27, 2014, production: Johan Simons)
  • Anger. 2016 (world premiere at the Münchner Kammerspiele, April 16, 2016, production: Nicolas Stemann)
  • On the royal road. 2017 (World premiere at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg, October 28, 2017, director: Falk Richter )
  • Snow white . 2018 (world premiere at Schauspiel Köln , December 21, 2018, director: Stefan Bachmann )
  • Black water. 2020 (World premiere at the Vienna Akademietheater on February 6, 2020, director: Robert Borgmann )

Essays (selection)

  • no light at the end of the tunnel - news about thomas pynchon , 1976
  • I want to be shallow , 1983
  • I hit it with an ax , so to speak , 1984
  • In the Waldheimen and on the Haidern , 1986
  • The Austrians as Lords of the Dead , 1992
  • Sense no matter. Body futile , 1997
  • Oh my papa , 2001
  • In media thunderstorms , 2003
  • We have to go , 2005
  • In the Forsaken , 2008
  • The dead music machine - epitaph for Wurstl , April 27, 2008
  • In the realm of the past , 2009
  • The parasitic drama , May 12, 2011
  • To sing. To dance. Scream. , 2012 (published in Russian in The New Times on August 27, 2012 and in German on September 16, 2012 in The European )
  • Die Schutzbefohlenen , June 14, 2013 (original reading on September 21, 2013, Thalia Theater in cooperation with St. Pauli Church , Hamburg)
  • According to Nora , October 22, 2013 (Epilogue to What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband )
  • Meine gute Textwurst , November 4, 2013 ( acceptance speech for the 2013 Nestroy Author Award )
  • Warning to Greece of freedom , June 2, 2014 (additional text to The Contracts of the Merchant )
  • ENGLAND. AN ADDITION. And I always have something to complain about! Epilog 4 to THE MERCHANT'S CONTRACTS (2014/2015) (html), revised version of August 6, 2015; with an English translation by Gitta Honegger from June 7, 2015


  • Lisa's shadow. 1967.
  • ends / poems from 1966–1968. Poetry edition 2000, 2000.


  • In the moor. Story by Onelio Jorge Cardoso. In: Peter Schultze-Kraft (Ed.): How I marched into my home. Cuban stories. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1973, pp. 37–49.
  • Josefina, serve the gentlemen. Story by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. In: Peter Schultze-Kraft (Ed.): How I marched into my home. Cuban stories. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1973, pp. 51–57. Or. also in: Inke and Peter Schultze-Kraft (eds.): Josefina, serve the gentlemen. Stories from women and men from Latin America. Translated by E. Jelinek, Wolfgang Fleischer, Gert Loschütz u. a. Fischer TB, Frankfurt 1982, ISBN 3-596-25262-8 .
  • Pigs or dogs trained to hunt truffles. Story by Humberto Arenal, In: Merkur 27 (1973), pp. 274–285.
  • The ends of the parabola. Novel by Thomas Pynchon . Reinbek: Rowohlt 1981 (= the new book 112).
  • Who am I? (Who am I?) Poem by PJ Blumenthal , In: Litfaß 28 (1983), pp. 47-49.
  • Among Aliens. Poem by PJ Blumenthal, In: Litfass 28 (1983), pp. 49-50.
  • Master hunt (Monsieur chasse!). Drama by Georges Feydeau , 1983.
  • El Castillo. Poem by Fernando Silva. In: Graz Authors' Assembly / Association of Slovenian Authors Austria (ed.): Under the flame tree. Poems from Nicaragua. Europaverlag, Vienna 1986, pp. 68–69.
  • Tears for a whore (Lágrimas por una puta). Poem by Carlos Rigby. In: Graz Authors' Assembly / Association of Slovenian Authors Austria (ed.): Under the flame tree. Poems from Nicaragua. Europaverlag, Vienna 1986, pp. 72–73.
  • Sandino. Poem by Cony Pacheco, In: Graz Authors' Assembly / Association of Slovenian Authors Austria (Ed.): Under the Flames Tree. Poems from Nicaragua. Europaverlag, Vienna 1986, pp. 107-108.
  • The rooster (Le dindon). Drama by Georges Feydeau, 1986.
  • Flea in the ear (La puce à l'oreille). Drama by Georges Feydeau, 1986.
  • The Rue de Lourcine affair (L'affaire de la rue de Lourcine). Drama by Eugène Labiche , 1988.
  • The competition or sand for the eyes (La poudre aux yeux) drama by Eugène Labiche, 1988.
  • The Lady of Maxim (La dame de chez Maxim). Drama by Georges Feydeau, 1990.
  • Mardi Gras (La mi-carême). Novelle by Georges Feydeau, In: Program booklet of the Vienna Burgtheater for Georges Feydeau's The Flea in the Ear , 1997.
  • The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta. Drama by Christopher Marlowe , 2001. Translated with Karin Rausch.
  • Bunbury (The Importance of Being Earnest). Drama by Oscar Wilde , 2004. Translated with Karin Rausch.
  • The ideal man (An Ideal Husband). Drama by Oscar Wilde, 2011, translation together with Karin Rausch.


Radio plays



  • Moment! Admission! 10/5/99. In: Elisabeth Schweeger and Eberhard Witt (eds.): Oh Germany! Belleville, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-933510-67-8 , pp. 71-77.
  • Elfriede Jelinek. Write. To remain a stranger. YOU. Magazine for culture. No. 700. DU Verlags AG, October 1999, ISBN 3-908515-33-5 .
  • The private novel 'Envy'. 36 Answers from Elfriede Jelinek to questions from Herbert Kapfer . BR radio play and media art 2011. As a podcast / download in the BR radio play pool.

Foreign language editions (selection)





  • Дети мертвых [The children of the dead]. Симпозиум, 2006, ISBN 5-367-00046-0 , ISBN 3-499-22161-6 .
  • Клара Ш. [Clara S.]. KOLONNA Publications, 2006, ISBN 5-98144-081-3 .
  • Михаэль. Книга для инфантильных мальчиков и девочек [Michael. A youth book for the infantile society]. Амфора, 2006, ISBN 5-367-00202-1 .
  • Перед закрытой дверью [The Locked Out]. Симпозиум, 2007, ISBN 978-973-586-001-1 .
  • Любовницы [The lovers]. Симпозиум, 2007, ISBN 978-5-89091-342-5 .
  • Похоть [lust]. Симпозиум, 2007, ISBN 978-5-89091-339-5 .
  • Мы пестрые бабочки, детка! [We're decoy baby!]. Амфора, 2007, ISBN 978-5-367-00577-6 .
  • Дикость. О! Дикая природа! Берегись! [Oh wilderness, oh protection from her]. Амфора, 2007, ISBN 978-5-367-00289-8 .
  • Алчность [greed]. Амфора, 2007, ISBN 978-5-367-00338-3 .
  • Пианистка [the piano player]. Симпозиум, 2007, ISBN 978-5-89091-340-1 .
  • Бембиленд [Bambiland]. АСТ, 2008, ISBN 978-5-17-055829-2 .
  • Болезнь, или Современные женщины [Illness or Modern Women]. АСТ, 2009, ISBN 978-5-17-059586-0 .
  • Гора мертвецов [Totenauberg]. АСТ, 2009, ISBN 978-5-17-054773-9 .
  • Посох, палка и палач [stick, stick and stick]. АСТ, 2010, ISBN 978-5-17-054772-2 .
  • Смысл безразличен. Тело бесцельно. Эссе и речи о литературе, искусстве, театре, моде и о себе [Doesn't matter. Body futile: essays and speeches: literature, art, theater, fashion and biography]. Симпозиум, 2010, ISBN 978-5-89091-371-5 .

As a spokeswoman

  • 2004: Flashforward , radio play by Eran Schaerf / Eva Meyer. BR radio play and media art / intermedium / Haus der Kunst Munich. As a podcast / download in the BR radio play pool.
  • 2016: The wards. Appendix by and with Elfriede Jelinek. BR radio play and media art. As a podcast / download in the BR radio play pool.


radio play



  • Elfriede & Elfriede. Film by Hanna Laura Klar about Elfriede Jelinek and Elfriede Gerstl .


  • Elfriede Jelinek makes coffee - The Interview, by Elisabeth Scharang. (Elfriede Jelinek in a conversation with Elisabeth Scharang. Recorded for Radio FM4.) (ORF-CD 716)
  • Elfriede Jelinek: Farewell. The speaker: Martin Wuttke. (Live recording of the performance on June 22, 2000 at the embassy of concerned citizens on Vienna's Ballhausplatz as the start of the Thursday demonstration)
  • Elfriede Jelinek: Jackie. Production: BR radio play and media art 2004. intermedium records 021, ISBN 3-934847-69-2
  • Elfriede Jelinek: Bambiland. Production: BR radio play and media art 2005. intermedium records 024, ISBN 3-934847-56-0
  • Elfriede Jelinek: The wards. Production: BR radio play and media art 2014 / ORF. intermedium records 062, ISBN 978-3-943157-62-8


  • Evelyn Annuß: Elfriede Jelinek - theater of afterlife. Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Paderborn 2005, ISBN 3-7705-4207-X .
  • Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Ed.): Elfriede Jelinek. 2nd, expanded edition. Edition text + criticism, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-88377-611-4 .
  • Iuditha Balint: Interior and Surface. Incorporated economy in the works of John von Düffel, Ernst-Wilhelm Händler, Ewald Palmetshofer and Elfriede Jelinek. In: Logemann, Cornelia u. a. (Ed.): Body Aesthetics. Allegorical embodiments as an aesthetic principle. Bielefeld: transcript 2013, ISBN 978-3-8376-2025-2 , pp. 93-107.
  • Daniela Bartens (Ed.): Elfriede Jelinek. The international reception. Literaturverlag Droschl (= Dossier Extra), Graz and Vienna 1997, ISBN 3-85420-452-3 .
  • Kurt Bartsch (Ed.): Elfriede Jelinek. Literaturverlag Droschl (= Dossier 2), Graz and Vienna 1991, ISBN 3-85420-218-0 .
  • Wolfgang Beutin: Elfriede Jelinek. In: Award-Winning. Twelve authors from Paul Heyse to Herta Müller; selected works, examined critically. Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 2012, ISBN 978-3-631-63297-0 , pp. 315-338.
  • Gisela Brune-Firnau: An author tries to have mercy on the bad girl. Elfriede Jelinks The Locked Out (1980). In: Rebellious, desperate, infamous. the bad girl as an aesthetic figure. edited by Renate Möhrmann and Nadja Urbani (collaboration). Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 978-3-89528-875-3 , table of contents , pp. 247–266.
  • Peter Clar: “I'll stay, but away.” Deconstruction of the author (s) in Elfriede Jelinek * . Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2017, ISBN 978-3-8498-1135-8 .
  • Peter Clar and Christian Schenkermayr: Theatrical border crossings. Jelinek's theater texts in Europe. Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-7069-0503-9 .
  • Bettina Flitner : women with visions - 48 Europeans. With texts by Alice Schwarzer . Knesebeck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-89660-211-X , pp. 122–125
  • Eva MF Glenk: The function of the proverbs in the text. A linguistic investigation based on texts from Elfriede Jelinek's works. Edition present, Vienna 2000, ISBN 3-7069-0031-9 . (Originally dissertation at the University of São Paulo)
  • Christa Gürtler (Ed.): Against the beautiful appearance. Texts on Elfriede Jelinek. New Criticism Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-8015-0235-X .
  • Yasmin Hoffmann: Elfriede Jelinek. Language and culture criticism in the narrative. Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen u. a. 1999, ISBN 3-531-13268-7 .
  • Pia Janke et al. a .: The nest polluter. Jelinek & Austria. Jung und Jung, Salzburg 2002, ISBN 3-902144-41-6 .
  • Pia Janke et al. a .: Catalog raisonné Elfriede Jelinek. Edition Praesens, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-7069-0212-5 .
  • Pia Janke et al. a .: Elfriede Jelinek Nobel Prize for Literature. Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-7069-0314-8 .
  • Pia Janke et al. a .: Elfriede Jelinek: “I don't want any theater”. Medial transgressions. Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-7069-0456-8 .
  • Pia Janke, Teresa Kovacs, Christian Schenkermayr (eds.): "The endless innocence". Elfriede Jelineks Rechnitz (The Strangler Angel). Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-7069-0592-3 .
  • Pia Janke (Ed.): Jelinek manual. Christian Schenkermayr and Agnes Zenker collaborated. Metzler, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-476-02367-4 , pp. 390-410.
  • Pia Janke, Teresa Kovacs (Ed.): "Postdramatik". Reflection and revision . Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2015, ISBN 978-3-7069-0811-5 .
  • Pia Janke: Elfriede Jelinek: work and reception. 2. Vol. Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2014 (= DISKURSE.KONTEXTE.IMPULSE. Publications of the Elfriede Jelinek Research Center 10). ISBN 978-3-7069-0791-0 (annotated directory of the complete works and worldwide reception)
  • Marlies Janz : Elfriede Jelinek. Metzler Verlag (Metzler Collection 286), Stuttgart and Weimar 1995, ISBN 3-476-10286-6 .
  • Antje Johanning: Body Pieces. The body as a medium in Elfriede Jelinek's plays. Thelem Universitätsverlag, Dresden 2004, ISBN 3-937672-35-4 .
  • Klaus Kastberger : The skin of the new media. Four theses on Elfriede Jelinek (2010). Online at academia.edu
  • Klaus Kastberger: We children of the dead. Spectra from Elfriede Jelinek
  • Klaus Kastberger , Maurer, Stefan (ed.): Home and horror with Elfriede Jelinek. (Vienna: special number 2019)
  • Herlinde Koelbl : Elfriede Jelinek In: In writing at home - How writers go about their work - Photographs and conversations. Knesebeck Verlag, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-89660-041-9 , pp. 64-67. Photo documentation by Jelinek, which portrays the author at her workplace and in her personal environment and which in the interview represents the basis of her vocation as well as the framework and individual approach to the creation of her works.
  • Teresa Kovacs: Drama as a Disorder. Elfriede Jelinek's concept of the secondary drama . Transcript Verlag , Bielefeld 2016, (Theater 88), ISBN 978-3-8376-3562-1 .
  • Stephanie Kratz: Leaking seals. Text theater and theater reading with Elfriede Jelinek. Dissertation, University of Cologne 1999. (full text)
  • Brigitte Landes (Ed.): Always yours - Elfriede Jelinek on her 60th birthday. Theater der Zeit, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-934344-69-0 .
  • Bärbel gap: Elfriede Jelinek. An introduction to their work. Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Paderborn 2008, ISBN 978-3-7705-4603-9 .
  • Verena Mayer and Roland Koberg: Elfriede Jelinek. A portrait. Rowohlt, Reinbek 2006, ISBN 3-498-03529-0 ; supplemented TB edition, ISBN 3-499-62099-5 .
  • Annika Nickenig: Discourses of Violence. Reflection of power structures in the work of Elfriede Jelinek and Assia Djebar. Tectum Verlag, Marburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-8288-9218-7 .
  • Maja Pflüger: From dialogue to dialogicity. The theater aesthetics of Elfriede Jelinek. Francke (Narr), Tübingen 1996, ISBN 3-7720-1843-2 . (Mainz research on drama and theater 15)
  • Bastian Reinert: It doesn't matter. Body lifeless. On the aesthetics of dead bodies in Elfriede Jelinek, in: Post-war bodies. Precarious Corporealities in German-Language Literature of the 20th Century, ed. v. Sarah Mohi-von Känel u. Christoph Steier, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2013, ISBN 978-3-8260-4873-9 , pp. 235–246.
  • Bastian Reinert: “'I prefer to let the dead speak'. Elfriede Jelinek's post-mortem theater, “in: National Socialism and the Shoah in contemporary German-language literature. [= Amsterdam contributions to recent German studies, vol. 84], ed. v. Torben Fischer, Philipp Hammermeister a. Sven Kramer, Amsterdam a. New York: Rodopi 2014, pp. 259-272.
  • Jutta Schlich: Phenomenology of the Perception of Literature. Using the example of Elfriede Jelinek's “Lust” (1989). Niemeyer, Tübingen 1994, ISBN 3-484-32071-0 .
  • Elfriede Jelinek. In: Alice Schwarzer: Why you? Female rebels. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1991, ISBN 3-596-10838-1 , pp. 97-116.
  • Alice Schwarzer : Elfriede Jelinek, writer in: Alice Schwarzer portrays role models and idols. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2003, ISBN 978-3-462-03341-0 , pp. 148-165. (First published in EMMA 7/1989)
  • Gérard Thiériot: "Elfriede Jelinek et le devenir du drame", Presses universitaires du Mirail, Toulouse 2006, ISBN 2-85816-869-5 .
  • Claus Zittel, Marian Holona (ed.), Jelinek research positions. Contributions to the Polish-German Elfriede Jelinek Conference , Yearbook for International German Studies, Bern, 2008. 336 p. Br. ISBN 978-3-03910-862-6

Web links

Commons : Elfriede Jelinek  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Nobel Prize


  1. From the reason for the award
  2. Essay: In the Realm of the Past. on their website and as a print in “Dschungel”, supplement to jungle world from January 7, 2010, p. 12 f.
  3. ^ Elfriede Jelinek - Munzinger biography. Retrieved October 16, 2019 .
  4. In: Renate Matthaei (Ed.): Trivialmythen. 1970, DNB 458442038 , pp. 40-66; again in: MARCH texts 1 & trivial myths. Area, Erftstadt 2004, ISBN 3-89996-029-7 , pp. 360–386.
  5. ^ A b Britta Kallin: Elfriede Jelineks expressions of solidarity . On December 18, 2013 on jelinektabu.univie.ac.at
  6. For more information on the content and statement of the poster, which also dealt with Elfriede Jelinek, Rudolf Scholten , Michael Häupl , Ursula Pasterk and Claus Peymann , is below. a. detailed in the following articles: bombs and posters (author: Sigrid Löffler , published on October 25, 1995 in the Süddeutsche Zeitung ), standstill in excitement (author: Roland Koberg, published on November 24, 1995 in ZEIT ) and stimulus figure Elfriede Jelinek: “Die Nestbeschmutzerin” (author: Pia Janke, published on October 8, 2004 in Standard ).
  7. Pitt Herrmann: Pieces 1997 Mülheim_ Stecken, Stab und Stangl ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). 1997 on sn-herne.de
  8. Elfriede Jelinek explained more about the reasons for her emigration and her return in this TV interview that Robert Hochner conducted with her on September 19, 1997 on ORF
  9. ^ Roland Koberg: Black coffins on a red-white-red background . On September 22, 1997 on berliner-zeitung.de
  10. ^ A piece of sports ( Memento from March 2, 2001 in the Internet Archive ). On March 2, 2001 on einarschleef.net (via Wayback Machine )
  11. Aline Vennemann: “Hello, who is speaking?” Identity and self-portrayal in Elfriede Jelinek's Ein Sportstück - Text and performance . P. 36 to p. 48 ( online as PDF , approx. 1.7 MB)
  13. The text of the montage created in collaboration with Mario Rauter is available online at schlingensief.com: "I love Austria" (PDF, approx. 33 kB)
  14. To understand the assembly see Bärbel Lücke: Christoph Schlingensiefs “Please loves Austria!” (2000) and Elfriede Jelinek's puppet theater montage “I love Austria” . On January 28, 2011 at jelinekschlingensief.wordpress.com
  15. Envy (private novel): Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 , Chapter 3 , Chapter 4a , Chapter 4b , Chapter 4c , Chapter 5a , Chapter 5b , Chapter 5c , Chapter 5d , Chapter 5e , Chapter 5f , Chapter 5g , Chapter 5h
  16. ^ Report on the world premiere of "Rechnitz" on www.orf.at
  17. "In the realm of the past". On their website and in full as a print in: Supplement “Dschungel” to jungle world No. 1 of January 7, 2010, p. 12f.
  18. Münchner Kammerspiele: Elfriede Jelinek , accessed on February 27, 2018.
  19. faz.net : The writer's call. December 10, 2013, accessed December 10, 2013 .
  20. Austria Press Agency : Polish government wanted to prevent Jelinek play , quoted here. according to: Der Standard (Vienna), November 23, 2015, accessed on September 3, 2016.
  21. Elfriede Jelinek's acceptance speech in Theater heute
  22. Honorary Members: Elfriede Jelinek. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed March 8, 2019 .
  23. derstandard.de: Jelinek's “Am Königsweg” for critics “Piece of the Year”
  24. lilalu.org ( Memento from April 12, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  25. Elfriede Jelinek: Lust. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , March 17, 2002.
  26. Hubert Spiegel : Women, Men, Clichés. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 13, 2008.
  27. Note on the secondary drama. In: Website of Elfriede Jelinek. Elfriede Jelinek, accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  28. ^ A b Teresa Kovacs: Drama as a disturbance. Elfriede Jelinek's concept of secondary drama , jelinetz.com , March 6, 2013
  29. Faust In and Out. ( Memento from April 18, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) In: schauspielhaus.ch. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  30. ^ WUT by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Nicolas Stemann. In: muenchner-kammerspiele.de. April 16, 2016, accessed April 24, 2016 .
  31. Cornelia Fiedler: Schnee Weiss - In the world premiere at the Schauspiel Köln, Stefan Bachmann invites you to a slide with Elfriede Jelinek. In: nachtkritik.de. Retrieved August 4, 2020 .
  32. online ( Memento of the original from November 11, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.elfriedejelinek.com
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  34. Sing. Dance, scream. In: Website of Elfriede Jelinek. Elfriede Jelinek, accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  35. Петь, танцевать, кричать
  36. Sing. To dance. Scream.
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  38. taz , North edition, September 21, 2013, p. 47 / Culture
  39. taz , North edition, September 13, 2013, p. 18 / Hamburg Aktuell
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  43. ^ BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, sports choir
  44. ^ BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, Die Schutzbefohlenen
  45. BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, Wirtschaftskomödie (6 parts)
  46. ^ BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, The Silent Girl (4 parts)
  47. BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, Am Königsweg (one-part version)
  48. ^ BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, Am Königsweg (three-part version)
  49. Bayerischer Rundfunk: Elfriede Jelinek: The light in the box | BR.de . July 20, 2017 ( br.de [accessed September 1, 2017]).
  50. Director: Andrea Schwalbach; Dramaturgy: Heribert Germeshausen . (The main character is Prof. Dr. Hans Schall, formerly SS-Hauptsturmführer Schaal, sung by the tenor W. Mikus.) According to the Heidelberg schedule, March 2012  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective . Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed at Theater Heidelberg on March 26, 2012.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.theaterheidelberg.de  
  51. ^ BR radio play Pool - The private novel 'Envy'. 36 Answers from Elfriede Jelinek to questions from Herbert Kapfer.
  52. ^ BR radio play Pool - Schaerf, Flashforward
  53. ^ BR radio play Pool - Jelinek, Die Schutzbefohlenen. appendix
  54. ^ Film website , accessed March 26, 2012.