Ästhetik des Überlebens: Die Hütte als experimentelle Kontaktszene in Romanen von Marlen Haushofer, Laura Beatty und Céline Minard

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The cabin is a modern symbol for the dream of an ›alternative‹ life. It offers simplification and deceleration to those who are free to limit themselves. Fictional cabins therefore speak of the things a society deems actually superfluous. Moreover, during the industrial revolution cabins became a laboratory for ways of relating to humans and non-humans alike. Beginning with the paradigms of the history of cabin-imaginaries, this article reads three novels which use cabins to conduct experimental contact scenes. By displacing crucial generic conventions, the novels disrupt and challenge the equally sentimental cultural criticism of more typical cabin-dreams. Thus, Marlen Haushofer’s Die Wand, Laura Beatty’s Pollard und Céline Minard’s Le grand jeu produce knowledge that reflects its own conditions as the effect of an epistemological and cultural mise-en-scène.

Translated title of the contribution
The Aesthetics of Survival. Cabins as Experimental Contact Scenes in Novels by Marlen Haushofer, Laura Beatty and Céline Minard


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)489-510
Number of pages22
JournalLili - Zeitschrift fur Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022

External IDs

unpaywall 10.1007/s41244-022-00263-1
Scopus 85136822929
Mendeley 02527725-9f5a-3997-9967-0a5d448ffc84
WOS 000843403700001
ORCID /0000-0001-8852-0913/work/142253368


Research priority areas of TU Dresden


  • Hütte, Störung, Kontaktszene, Überleben, experiment, Contact Scene, Cabin, Experiment, Disruption, Survival, Cabin, Contact Scene, Disruption, Experiment, Survival