This chapter examines a number of works by the Austrian writer Kathrin Roeggla: wir schlafen nicht (2004), die alarmbereiten (2010), besser waere: keine (2013) and Nactsendung (2016). Roeggla shows how alienation can lead to the loss of self in a globalized work environment. Her characters - who are office and NGO workers, computer scientists, interpreters, politicians, managers and the like - live in a permanent and conscious state of selfrepresentation, which is characterized by the omipresence of the media and a sense of precariousness. Their identities increasingly dissolve and, in the end, they move like ghosts or zombies in disturbing urban landscapes and non-places. Literature thus become Roeggla's tool for denouncing dominant economic discourses and for reflecting on social identities ad on the loss of liberty.

Alienated and Evanescent Identities in the Contemporary World of Austrian Author Kathrin Roeggla

Alessandra Schininà
2019

Abstract

This chapter examines a number of works by the Austrian writer Kathrin Roeggla: wir schlafen nicht (2004), die alarmbereiten (2010), besser waere: keine (2013) and Nactsendung (2016). Roeggla shows how alienation can lead to the loss of self in a globalized work environment. Her characters - who are office and NGO workers, computer scientists, interpreters, politicians, managers and the like - live in a permanent and conscious state of selfrepresentation, which is characterized by the omipresence of the media and a sense of precariousness. Their identities increasingly dissolve and, in the end, they move like ghosts or zombies in disturbing urban landscapes and non-places. Literature thus become Roeggla's tool for denouncing dominant economic discourses and for reflecting on social identities ad on the loss of liberty.
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