Krankheit oder moderne Frauen

Wie ein Stück
(Sickness or Modern Women)
2F / 2M

A play on the reversal of male ideas of femininity. The housewife and mother Carmilla who is defined by her reproductive skills is turned into a vampire by the lesbian nurse, writer and vampire Emily (an homage to Emily Brontë). In the end, she even goes after her own children. But an escape from the closed system of male attributions still fails, just as does Carmilla’s attempt to redefine the non-place she finds herself in (“I am ill, therefore I am”), as it just reconfirms stereotypical female ideals. In the play, Vampirism is a metaphor for female existence which, since women are simultaneously a part of the ruling order and excluded from it, is always a transient existence. On the other hand, it can also be interpreted as a metaphor for a kind of writing which, when interwoven with traditional texts, violently misappropriates them and puts them into a new context.

The play has been translated into:
Czech: Nemoc aneb Moderní Ženy; English: Illness or Modern Women; French: Maladie ou Femmes modernes; Russian; Serbian

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, ...

Plays by Elfriede Jelinek

U: 12.2.1987 Schauspiel Bonn (R: Hans Hollmann)