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This essay explores the spatial psychodynamics of attempting to escape from suffocating power structures, as displayed in various scenes of waiting in Hermann Broch’s novel Der Tod des Vergil (The Death of Virgil), in Peter Weiss’s plays Marat/Sade and Hölderlin, and in his novel Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (The Aesthetics of Resistance). Drawing on methodological reflections by F.W.J. Schelling and Wilfred R. Bion, this chapter examines how the protagonists in Broch and Weiss endure, stage, and attempt to disentangle themselves from mise-en-abîmes of encapsulation by all-encompassing power structures.

In: Timescapes of Waiting
Author: Olaf Berwald

Abstract

This essay explores the spatial psychodynamics of attempting to escape from suffocating power structures, as displayed in various scenes of waiting in Hermann Broch’s novel Der Tod des Vergil (The Death of Virgil), in Peter Weiss’s plays Marat/Sade and Hölderlin, and in his novel Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (The Aesthetics of Resistance). Drawing on methodological reflections by F.W.J. Schelling and Wilfred R. Bion, this chapter examines how the protagonists in Broch and Weiss endure, stage, and attempt to disentangle themselves from mise-en-abîmes of encapsulation by all-encompassing power structures.

In: Timescapes of Waiting
In: Timescapes of Waiting
In: Timescapes of Waiting
Spaces of Stasis, Delay and Deferral
Timescapes of Waiting explores the intersections of temporality and space by examining various manifestations of spatial (im-)mobility. The individual articles approach these spaces from a variety of academic perspectives – including the realms of history, architecture, law and literary and cultural studies – in order to probe the fluid relationships between power, time and space.
The contributors offer discussion and analysis of waiting spaces like ante-chambers, prisons, hospitals, and refugee camps, and also of more elusive spaces such as communities and nation-states.

Contributors: Olaf Berwald, Elise Brault-Dreux, Richard Hardack, Kerstin Howaldt, Robin Kellermann, Amanda Lagji, Margaret Olin, Helmut Puff, Katrin Röder, Christoph Singer, Cornelia Wächter, Robert Wirth.