Gitta Honegger

DIXIE GAMMAGE HALL
TEMPE
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Professor, School of Theatre and Film, Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts

Affiliate Professor of Women’s Studies, Center for Biology and Society, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Honegger is the authorized translator of 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek. Her most recent translation “On the Royal Road: The Burgher King” is Jelinek’s immediate response to Donald Trump’s election, a play which she started to write the day after his victory was announced. The world premiere staged reading of the play in April 2017 (6 months before the fully staged German world premiere in Hamburg) was presented in Dr. Honegger’s translation at New York’s Martin E. Segal Theater Center, just a few blocks down from Trump Tower, to international media acclaim. Dr. Honegger just finished her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel “The Children of the Dead,” to be published by Yale University Press. She is a Guggenheim and Fulbright/IFK Fellow.

Dr. Honegger’s book Thomas Bernhard: The Making of An Austrian received the Austrian Cultural Forum’s bi-annual book award. Her own German translation Thomas Bernhard – Was ist das für ein Narr was published in Berlin by Ullstein/Propyläen in 2003. She is a contributing editor of Yale Theatre Magazine and has translated the plays of Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Marieluise Fleisser and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Elias Canetti among others. Her articles on theatre and culture have been published in Theater, Modernism/Modernity, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, American Theatre, Western European Stages, Performing Arts Journal, Partisan Review.

From 1983-1993, Dr. Honegger served as Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and as resident dramaturg of the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed. She also worked many summers as a director and dramaturg at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Before coming to Arizona State University in 2001 she was chair of the Drama Department at The Catholic University of America (1993–2001). Dr. Honegger received her theatrical training in Vienna, Austria and performed at the Vienna Burgtheater, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, and the Komödie Basel, to name a few. She holds a Ph.D. in Theaterwissenschaft from the University of Vienna and first came to the United States to research her dissertation on Eugene O’Neill.

Research Interests

Literary Translation

Translation of/as Cultural Performance

Biography

Theatre Criticism

Theatre History

Dramaturgy

 

 

Publications

Select Publications: 

Translations:

Elfriede Jelinek: On the Royal Road: The Burgher King 

Elfriede Jelinek: Shadow. Eurydice Says 

Elfriede Jelinek: Charges (The Supplicants)

Rechnitz and The Merchant’s Contract: The complete performance texts by Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek: Jackie; Snow WhiteSleeping Beauty 

Thomas Bernhard: The President and Eve of Retirement; Heldenplatz; The Hunting Party; Simply Complicated; Minetti

Peter Handke: The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other and Play of Questions

Plays by Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti; Franz Xaver Kroetz, Marieluise Fleißer among others

Biographies:

Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian; A cultural biography 

Thomas Bernhard: Was ist das für ein Narr

 

 

Research Activity

Authorized translator of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek 

Cultural biography of Elfriede Jelinek 

Biography of Helene Weigel

Theatre and Science 

Innovative trends in contemporary theatre, performance and the arts

Courses

Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
THE 592 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
THE 562 Literary Management Workshop
THE 592 Research
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
THE 394 Special Topics
HON 394 Special Topics
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature
THE 598 Special Topics