“Der Rede interieur”. Questioning Intra- and Intertextuality in Oswald Egger’s Long Poem “Herde der Rede” Cover Image

„Der Rede interieur“. Zur Frage der Intra- und Intertextualität in Oswald Eggers Poem „Herde der Rede“
“Der Rede interieur”. Questioning Intra- and Intertextuality in Oswald Egger’s Long Poem “Herde der Rede”

Author(s): Eleonore De Felip
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature
Published by: UNIVERSITATEA ”ȘTEFAN CEL MARE„ SUCEAVA
Keywords: dialogism and polyphony (Bakhtin); quotation; repetition; reversal; metapoetry;

Summary/Abstract: This essay analyses and reflects upon the numerous intra- andintertextual references in Oswald Egger’s long poem “Herde der Rede”(1999). The recourse to prior literary models in terms of surprising reversalsof form and content, self-quotations as well as reversals of his own figuresof speech are counted among Egger’s distinctive poetic strategies. Alert −like a widely open ear – to voices from different religious and poeticaltraditions, the text perceives, integrates and plays with different poeticregisters and language worlds (such as the Song of Solomon, the ancientCorpus Hermeticum, Hesiod, Vergil, Hölderlin, Rilke …). “Herde derRede” is a highly dialogic and polyphonic text (in the sense used by M. M.Bakhtin). Ultimately, quotations, repetitions and reversals become strategiesof a poetic discourse which uses literary and religious traditions as subtextsfor a metapoetic speech.