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

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. 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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