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Heidi Pataki ou l’écriture enragée : présentation de l’œuvre d’une poétesse autrichienne contemporaine

Abstract : Heidi Pataki (Vienna, 1940-2006) is an Austrian poet, essayist and journalist whose work is almost unknown in France and has not found yet a significant audience in Austria. As a successor of the “Wiener Gruppe”, Heidi Pataki wrote a meaningful and unique œuvre, in which experimental and avant-garde processes play an important role. This article aims to present the main aspects of this poetical and essayistic work. We first focus on the starting point of Pataki’s writing: her refusal to give up poetry because of its so-called impossibility and her decision to use language – full of commonplace sayings, clichés and previously written poems from German literature – as ready-to-use material. Using collage and montage techniques, Heidi Pataki aims to reveal the vacuity and the absurdity of the language itself. Nevertheless, her critical position takes not only the language as a target but also Austrian society. We therefore focus, in addition, on the main critical topics Pataki’s poems deal with: Austria’s Nazi past, its capitalistic present and the issue of feminism in a still strongly patriarchal society. After a brief overview of this theoretical and poetical thought (showing an influence of Marxism), we come back to the poetological principles of Pataki’s writing and try to answer the following question: in what way can these poems be read as “poetical acts” which perform a deep effect on the reader’s consciousness, shedding a new light on his/her own relationship to language and society?
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Lucie Taïeb. Heidi Pataki ou l’écriture enragée : présentation de l’œuvre d’une poétesse autrichienne contemporaine. Germanica, Université de Lille, 2010, Des femmes en dialogue avec le siècle, 46, pp.147-160. ⟨hal-01123656⟩

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