Olga Neuwirth/Elfriede Jelinek
Temporality and trauma
in The traumatic surreal
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This chapter analyses the opera Bählamms Fest (1994–98, recorded 2003), a collaborative work by composer Olga Neuwirth and librettist Elfriede Jelinek, based on a little-known play by Leonora Carrington. Neuwirth’s Arbeitsjournal (Working Diary) provides contexts for reading the opera as a surrealist work combining reference to historical traumas and to their resurgence in contemporary (late twentieth-century) Austrian politics.

The traumatic surreal

Germanophone women artists and Surrealism after the Second World War

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