Friederike Mayröcker

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Friederike Mayröcker, Vienna, in 1974.
Ernst Jandl and Friederike Mayröcker, at a public reading in Vienna, 1974

Friederike Mayröcker (born on 20 December 1924 in Vienna) is an Austrian poet.

Life[edit]

From 1946 to 1969 Mayröcker was an English teacher at several public schools in Vienna. In 1969 she took a release from working as a teacher and in 1977 she retired early.

She started writing as a 15 year old. In 1946 she published her first works in the journal Plan.

Friederike Mayröcker is recognized as one of the most important contemporary Austrian poets. She also had success with radio plays. Four of them she wrote together with Ernst Jandl, with whom she lived together from 1954 until his death in 2000.

Mayröcker describes her working process as follows: "I live in pictures. I see everything in pictures, my complete past, memories are pictures. I transform pictures into language by climbing into the picture. I walk into it until it becomes language."[1]

Works[edit]

  • Gesammelte Prosa 1949-2001 (collected prose) ed. by Klaus Reichert, 5 volumes, Frankfurt/Main 2001
  • Magische Blätter I-V (magic pages I-V), Frankfurt/Main 2001
  • Requiem für Ernst Jandl (requiem for Ernst Jandl), Frankfurt/Main 2001
  • Mein Arbeitstirol - Gedichte 1996-2001 (my working Tyrol – poems), Frankfurt/Main 2003
  • Die kommunizierenden Gefäße (the communicating vessels) Frankfurt/Main 2003
  • Sinclair Sofokles der Baby-Saurier (Sinclair Sofokles the baby-dinosaur) with coloured illustrations by Angelika Kaufmann, St. Pölten 2004
  • Gesammelte Gedichte 1939-2003 (collected poems) ed. by Marcel Beyer, Frankfurt/Main 2005
  • Und ich schüttelte einen Liebling (and I shook a darling), Frankfurt/Main 2005

Radio plays[edit]

  • Die Umarmung, nach Picasso (the embracement, after Picasso)
  • Repetitionen, nach Max Ernst (repetitions, after Max Ernst)
  • Schubertnotizen oder das unbestechliche Muster der Ekstase (Schubert-memos or the incorrupt model of ecstasy)
  • Arie auf tönernen Füßen (aria on feet of clay)
  • Das zu Sehende, das zu Hörende (the to be seen, the to be heard) (awarded with the ORF radio play prize)
  • Die Kantate oder, Gottes Augenstern bist Du, (the cantata or, gods eye-star you are) music by Wolfgang von Schweinitz (2003)

with Ernst Jandl:

  • Der Gigant (the giant)
  • Gemeinsame Kindheit (childhood together)
  • Five Man Humanity / Fünf Mann Menschen
  • Spaltungen (partitions)

Libretto[edit]

  • Stretta, Music by Wolfram Wagner. World premiere at Sirene Opera, Vienna 2004

Awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ In: Heimspiel (Journal of ORF – public Austrian radio station) March 2007, p. 5

References[edit]

  • Theo Breuer: „Friederike Mayröcker, usw.“, in: T.B., Aus dem Hinterland. Lyrik nach 2000, Edition YE, Sistig/Eifel 2005
  • Renate Kühn (Ed.): Friederike Mayröcker oder Das innere des Sehens, studies about poetry, radio play and prose, Bielefeld 2002
  • Inge Arteel / Heidy M. Müller (Ed.): Rupfen in fremden Gärten - Intertextualität im Schreiben Friederike Mayröckers, Bielefeld 2002
  • Edith A. Kunz: Verwandlungen - Zur Poetologie des Übergangs in der späten Prosa Friederike Mayröckers, Göttingen 2004
  • Ralf B. Korte / Elisabeth Hödl: FM dj (reading reise durch die nacht). Ein elektronischer Briefroman. 2004
  • Martin A. Hainz: Schwarze Milch zu schreiben. Paul Celan und Friederike Mayröcker. In: Weimarer Beiträge, No. 52·1, 2006, p. 5-19
  • Leo Truchlar: Wozu lese und schreibe ich? Notizen aus Anlaß meiner Lektüren von Adrienne Rich und Friederike Mayröcker. - In: Leo Truchlar, Über Literatur und andere Künste, Wien 2000, p. 17ff.
  • Inge Arteel: „gefaltet, entfaltet“. Strategien der Subjektwerdung in Friederike Mayröckers Prosa 1988-1998. Bielefeld 2007.

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