Kaspar and Other Plays has ratings and 7 reviews. Kaspar, Peter Handke’s first full-length drama – hailed in Europe as the play of the decade and c. ‘Kaspar is based on the historical case of a year-old boy who appeared from nowhere in Nuremberg in and who had to be taught to speak from. Kaspar by the Austrian playwright and one of the “makers of modern drama” ( Robert Gilman), Peter Handke, is a poetic meditation on language, identity.

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But I really like “Self accusation”. Published first published The stage represents the stage Nonetheless, I still believe that some of its concepts can offer theatre scholars and hndke new models to illuminate critical concerns such as the notion of authenticity, origin, character, and interaction with the world.

Kaspar and Other Plays

To this end, Handke underlines the Wittgensteinian tenor of his play to alert the audience to the realization that language can magically negate disorder, and by doing so it can teach order and how it can be maintained. Modern Drama 3 Views Read Edit View history. There have been numerous literary treatments of the story, dealing with a variety of motifs.

Handke finds the material for his play in the theme of linguistic education, implicit in the story from its earliest phase. Such ‘possibilities’ may well be deemed impossible at the level of the established reality” The audience is slowly falling back on more traditional aesthetic pleasures. The central character is Kaspar, a figure based on the historical Kaspar Hauser, an autistic adolescent, who is guided and taught until he speaks ‘normally’, by the voices of unseen prompters.


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The Einsager’ logos is the specific technique of power that uses Kaspar both as an object and later on as an instrument of its exercise Foucault, Language in this particular case is the only authorial presence that speaks beings and things into being. He even sings the sentence or simply screams it.

Irreducibly, the world is text.

He utters it as a greeting, as an invocation in a litany, as an answer to a question, as an order. You can explain to yourself how it goes with you. Yet, before we turn our attention to the purpose of this innovation—and its kspar intent if there is any —let us first see how Handke presents his protagonist.

Mudlum rated it it was amazing Feb 17, A thing is what it is named. Some cool akspar, lots of poor execution. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

Dan rated it liked it Jul 04, You don’t see a room that pretends to be another room” By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Anyway–about the plays themselves: I don’t know a lot about theater–My suspicion is that this kind of experimental theater had its day and dramatists are on to other subjects now. Open Preview See a Problem? The prompters do not simply talk to Kaspar and wait for him to develop simultaneous habits Jul 01, Matthieu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Many contemporary artists have increasingly questioned the humanist, self-centered significations and handkw instead a new notion of the self where the pure entity, the uncontaminated sign, and the undivided origin come forth as fiction.


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Drawn to the side of the signifier rather than the signified, he breaks hzndke the legitimate distinction between words and their meaning. How are bodies locked in space, distributed in relation to one another for hierarchical organization, and for the efficient kaspwr of centers and channels of power? Handke himself wrote in the prologue to the play: He thinks and speaks through the discourse of others.

In this sense, Handke argues, political critique is possible because it can rewrite history within the politics of difference—that substitutes for totalizing narratives of oppression. Michael rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Expanding on his ideas about the politics of reception he notes: That is, they put “under erasure” ” sous rature ,” according to Maspar everything the theatre stands for, namely its “unmediated otherness.

Its run was extended three time and it was widely praised by the audience. Handke does not frame his bandke within rigid boundaries that privilege and exclude around the categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. They are the mediators who manage to render his presence absent. Books by Peter Handke.

KasparPeter Handke’s first full-length drama–hailed in Europe as “the play of the decade” and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot –is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own.