Oct 11 2019

Gisela Elsner’s „Schlaraffenrafferland“: A satirical critique of a capitalistic world

October 11, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1501 UH


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


The ever-increasing free market economy during West-Germany’s economic rise in the 60s was popularized by post-war politics under the slogan “Wohlstand für alle” (prosperity for everyone) promising increasing wealth across all social ranks. Gisela Elsner satirical critique unmasks this alleged utopia. This talk will elaborate on her works identifying the origin of capitalism – in the tradition of Karl Marx – in the dehumanization of humanity with a focus on her unique writing style, distinguished by her complex syntax and morphology.


School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Date posted

Sep 17, 2019

Date updated

Sep 17, 2019


Alexandra Vogel | University of Regensburg/University of Illinois