Gerhard Roth

Simon Collis Ryan

Gerhard Roth and the Graz Literary Revival: the Emergence of an Austrian Author

 

CONTENTS

Preface

Key to Abbreviations

ORIGINS OF THE GRAZ LITERARY PHENOMENON

1.0 INTRODUCTION: LITERARY-HISTORICAL ISSUES IN GRAZ

1.1 WEST GERMAN INFLUENCES ON THE PUBLICATION AND RECEPTION OF AUSTRIAN LITERATURE SINCE 1960

1.1.1 The Absence of a ‘Kulturindustrie’ in the Austrian Second Republic

1.1.2 The Climate of Critical Reception in the Federal Republic in the 1960s .

1.1.3 Literary Group Formation in Western Germany

1.1.4 The Formalist/Realist Debate and ‘experimentelle Literatur’

1.1.5 The Growth of Positivism in Literary Criticism

1.1.6 The Austrian Response

1.2 FROM VIENNA TO GRAZ: CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE SECOND REPUBLIC

1.2.1 A Dangerous Cultural Vacuum

1.2.2 The Cultural Background in Graz

1.3 THE ‘SOGENANNTE GRAZER GRUPPE’: THE EMERGENCE OF A LITERARY- HISTORICAL PROFILE

1.3.1 ‘Forum Stadtpark’ and manuskripte: the Organisational Basis of the ‘Grazer Gruppe’

1.3.2 Early Group Activities at ‘Forum Stadtpark’: the ‘Studio der Jungen’

1.3.3 The Initial Reception of ‘Grazer Literatur’ in West Germany

1.3.4 Inadequate Critical Definition of the ‘Grazer Gruppe’

1.3.5 Clarification of the Group Concept: An ‘Informal Group’

1.3.6 The Elements of an Adequate Group Definition

1.3.7 The Critical Breakthrough of the Graz Group

1.4 IS THERE A LITERATURE OF GRAZ?: THE AESTHETIC BASIS OF ‘GRAZER LITERATUR’

1.4.1 Critical Approaches to ‘Grazer Literatur’

1.4.1.1 Negative Characteristics: A Literature of Opposition

1.4.1.2 Experiment and Tradition: Positivist Critical Models

1.4.1.3 An Austrian Perspective on ‘Grazer Literatur’

1.4.2 Linguistic Self-Consciousness: ‘Grazer Literatur’ and the Austrian Tradition of the ‘Sprachkritik’

1.4.2.1 The ‘Grazer Gruppe’ and Austrian Avant-Garde Ideas on Language

1.4.2.2 The Inheritance of the ‘Wiener Gruppe’: ‘Sprachspiele’ in Graz

THE WORK OF GERHARD ROTH

2.0 INTRODUCTION

2.1 ROTH’S EARLY LITERARY EXPERIMENTS IN GRAZ: ‘EINE GESCHICHTSLOSE FORMALE LITERATUR’

2.1.1 The Sense of Displacement

2.1.2 Science and Aesthetics

2.1.3 From Aufzeichnungen eines überflüssigen Menschen to die autobiographie des albert einstein

2.1.4 die autobiographie des albert einstein

2.1.5 Künstel

2.1.6 Der Wille zur Krankheit

2.1.7 Der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs: ein Spionageroman and How to be a detective: Ein Kriminalroman

2.1.8 Lichtenberg

2.2 THE LONGER NARRATIVES: ‘ICH WILL EIN ERZÄHLER SEIN’ .119

2.2.1 Der große Horizont

2.2.2 Ein neuer Morgen

2.2.3 Winterreise

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY - Background and Context

APPENDIX - Gerhard Roth: Bibliography 1966-1983

I. Works

II. Criticism and Interpretation