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Dépayser l’origine : Peter Handke, par les villages

Abstract : In 1981, Peter Handke publishs Walk about the Villages, a theatrical poem that closes a tetralogy initiated by Slow Homecoming, and continued with The Lesson of Mount Sainte-Victoire and Children’s Story. It features the return of Gregor, a writer living in the city, to his natal house and tells the tale of his brother and sister refusing to accord him his share of the family inheritance. Gregor doesn’t recognize the place he used to live and realizes its loss and metamorphosis showed by daily suffering and disconnection with nature. The change of scenery arises with the experience of separation and implies to find other voices, other aesthetics forms, and other kind of community. Peter Handke chooses to examine the question of our origin, understood in the words of Holderlin like remote oddity, by following unaccustomed ways, those of the ancient tragedy considered not as a model but as a resource. He proposes relinquishing to conserve any heritage and suggests to reject the nostalgia of traditions, both aesthetics and communal, so as to start to move again, following the steps of an origin considered in its universality and inventing new forms of expression that can at last “transmit the world unaltered”.
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Claire Lechevalier. Dépayser l’origine : Peter Handke, par les villages. L’Entre-deux, Université d'Artois - Textes & Cultures (EA 4028), 2018, Le dépaysement dans la littérature et le cinéma aux XXe et XXIe siècles, 1 (4), [13 p.]. ⟨hal-02156479⟩

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