Stations of the Cross in Peter Handke’s Die linkshändige Frau

ImageHandkeOnline (of the Austrian National Library) has just published my analysis of Handke’s story — a look at how the traditional Stations of the Cross are invoked  as structure while being emptied of meaning.

The drawing is by Ernst Mach and is much like the drawing Marianne is doing at the end of the story.

Here’s the link to the full text.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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2 Responses to Stations of the Cross in Peter Handke’s Die linkshändige Frau

  1. mikerol says:

    I always loved the fact that while writing LEFT HANDED Handke needed to keep going to see porno flicks, increasing the pain of the withdrawel from womanizing (the inverted parallel ) that he was attempting, since it had gotten him into so much hot water that his wife had left him, a matter that he seemed quite unable to handle. As the formula has it, no masochism without sadism. indeed the stations of the cross are emptied of their once meaning, but not it appears the pain, made pleasurable.


  2. Scott Abbott says:

    so, you didn’t much like the article?


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