Kaspar: Peter Handke: is his first full-length play, Kaspar (), which depicts the foundling Kaspar Hauser as a near-speechless innocent destroyed by. ‘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. Handke’s Kaspar, Wittgenstein’s Tractates, and the successful representation of alienation. James R. Hamilton. The prologue to Peter Handke’s play Kaspar.

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Kaspar – review

Kaspar is a play written by Austrian playwright Peter Handke. Kaspar did not make a lot of sense to me, even with the gloss of that paragraph I quoted above.

Nov 24, Damien Leri rated it liked it. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak “normally” and eventually becomes creative–“doing his own thing” with words; for this he is destroyed.

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Individuals can also invent themselves using the language. I like this paragraph from the book’s back matter, in the introduction to Handke and Kaspar: Brian rated it ksapar liked it Mar 22, You have a sentence with which you can bring order into every disorder.


Michael rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. No trivia or quizzes yet. I haven’t watched it all, but it seems to conform to the general idea of Handke’s piece.

Carolyn rated it really liked it Jan 30, While he investigates where he ends and everyday objects such as chairs and wardrobes begin, he is assaulted with an increasingly coercive series of statements that prepare him to be a citizen in a modern capitalist world.

Kaspar and Other Plays by Peter Handke

Dominika rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Trivia About Kaspar and Other Oct 10, Stian Larsen rated it it was amazing. It shows how someone can be made to speak through speaking. Everything is nonsense and at the same time nothing.

Avant-garde Austrian novelist and playwright. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly hxndke logical and alogical language-sequences. It was Handke’s first full-length drama and was hailed in Europe as the “play of the Decade”.

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Paul Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 05, One critique summarised the theme of Kaspar thus: To ask other readers questions about Kasparplease sign up.

C rated it really liked it Apr 08, Pages to import images to Wikidata Use dmy dates from April Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: Kristina rated it it was ok Sep 04, Lists with This Book. This is not an easy watch — it’s cerebral, dourly Germanic, and downright slippery, as if you’ve been thrown into a linguistic plunge pool. In this play Handke “allows us to listen differently and to reflect on how language is forced upon us by a society where conformism is the norm and received speech an almost tyrannical exploitation of the individual.


Open Preview See a Problem? Nandke repetition and absurdity Handke throws a clarifying light on concepts of words defining reality.

There were times during these two hours when I wanted to beg for mercy before I died from being talked to death. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

While there’s no escaping that Handke could have said what he’s got to say with more brevity, what he says is interesting: Lots of dancing about architecture.