“Slave Language” in the Poetry of the “Aktionsgruppe Banat” as Necessity and Challenge Cover Image

„Sklavensprache“ in der Lyrik der Aktionsgruppe Banat als Notwendigkeit und Herausforderung
“Slave Language” in the Poetry of the “Aktionsgruppe Banat” as Necessity and Challenge

Author(s): Beate Petra Kory
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: poetry of the “Aktionsgruppe Banat”; “slave language”; critical poetry; subverting censorship

Summary/Abstract: The prestigious literary scholar Hans Mayer introduced the term “slave language” to characterize the writings of Bertolt Brecht since 1933. From him Karl Heinz Wüst adopted the term in 1989, to denote the typical language used in social systems that disregard the freedom of words. The present paper analyzes the poetry of the “Aktionsgruppe Banat” from its foundation in April 1972 up to its dissolution by the Romanian Security Force in the autumn of 1975, in order to detect the forms of “slave language” that can subvert censorship. These are the macro-structures of allegory and parable, the micro-structures of metaphor, communication and irony. Moreover, proverbs, counting rhymes, literary and historical-political allusions, puns and language games can be added on to the critical poetry.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 51-52
  • Page Range: 145-159
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: German