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"denk an Pasolinis ‘verzweifelte Leere von Casarsa’ ": Considerations on the Influence of Spanish Mysticism and of Pasolini’s ‘Friulian’ Poems on Peter Handke’s Noch einmal für Thukydides and Versuch über die Jukebox

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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essay on the Jukebox   Once Again for Thucydides   poems in Casarsa   comparative method   ethno-anthropological perspective


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The present paper aims to highlight the multicultural nature of Peter Handke’s work. Since Handke’s literature seems to also be influenced by the Romance tradition, the present paper will first concentrate on the importance of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poems in Handke’s works. As remarked by Kitzmüller (2001), the Handke acts as an editor for a German edition of Pasolini’s Poems in Casarsa, which seem to take on a special significance in Handke’s fragments Once Again for Thucydides and in his “Essay on the Jukebox” as well. The paper will finally consider anthropological studies to explore the ethno-folkloric topic in Handke’s literature. In the novel Don Juan the element of the ‘hawthorn’ and the topic of ‘snow’ could be connected to the mythical “Frau Holle”, who refers to the tradition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and to the ‘Benandanti’ as well. According to Ginzburg’s studies (1989), these mystical female figures belonging to the Friulian folklore are supposed to represent the battle against the Inquisition with the lead of a young fairy celebrated as a goddess. The comparative method and anthropological studies can finally allow us to point out the original role that an apparently ‘small’ Romance language seems to play in Handke’s works.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław