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The Last Days of Mankind: A Visual Guide to Karl Kraus’ Great War Epic

The Last Days of Mankind: A Visual Guide to Karl Kraus’ Great War Epic

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When the age died by its own hand, that hand was Karl Kraus'.
- Bertolt Brecht

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With critical success over the past four years, artist Deborah Sengl (b. 1974) has exhibited taxidermied rats, drawings and paintings in order to restage Karl Kraus' nearly-unperformable play The Last Days of Mankind (Die Letzten Tage der Menschheit, 1915-22). Featuring Sengl's entire installation, the DoppelHouse Press edition also includes essays that examine her ambitious dramaturgy, which condenses Kraus' ten-to-fifteen hour drama into an abridged reading of its themes: human barbarism, the role of journalism in war, the sway of popular opinion and the absurdities of nationalism. Select translations of Kraus' original provide a window to see his other "war" -- a war on the misuses of language itself.

Published in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of the Armistice, which ended The Great War but bred another soon to come, this edition of The Last Days of Mankind offers an agit-prop protest crossing the boundaries of art and spanning the knowledge of the century that has passed since Kraus penned his play. Deborah Sengl offers her stylistic model for envisioning human folly through animal actors, who become more than human, while confronting a violence particular to humankind, laced with selfishness and greed.

Contributors include modernist poetry scholar Marjorie Perloff (The Edge of Irony, University of Chicago Press 2015); arts writer Matthias Goldmann; Paul Reitter (editor/contributor to Jonathan Franzen's The Kraus Project, Harper, 2013); and Associate Professor of German, Anna Souchuk.

 

作者簡介

Dr. Anna SouchukDr. Anna Souchuk is Associate Professor of German and Director of the German Program in the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University, Chicago. Her research primarily concentrates on the writings of Josef Haslinger and his depictions of Austria’s conflicted relationship to processes of Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung (coming to terms with the past). She researches and writes about other Austrian writers and artists, too, such as Elfriede Jelinek, Linda Stift, Deborah Sengl, and the filmmaker Markus Schleinzer. Most recently, she edited a special edition of the scholarly journal Modern Languages Open that focused on the family novel in German-language literature, a project that drew on her larger interests in the family story and its generational transmission as a metaphor for coming to terms with the past in Austria.

 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9780999754412
  • 規格:精裝 / 176頁 / 20.6 x 20.6 x 1.5 cm / 普通級

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