Heteroglossia and Media Theory in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Liebhaberinnen

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Modern Austrian Literature


Previous analyses of Jelinek's third novel, Die Liebhaberinnen, neglect how linguistic multiplicity reenacts the alienation of the woman from space as well as her complex relation to the media. Using Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of heteroglossia, Julia Kristeva's notion of the chora, and several media theories, this article demonstrates that the depiction of identity formation through the media in Die Liebhaberinnen paves the way for Jelinek's later portrayals and introduces Jelinek's early media theory. © 2010 Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association.

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LaFountain, P. (2010). Heteroglossia and Media Theory in Elfriede Jelinek's "Die Liebhaberinnen". Modern Austrian Literature, 43(1), 43-64. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/24649896