Roland Innerhofer

Roland Innerhofer is professor emeritus for Modern German Literature at Vienna University. His main research areas are literature of the 19th and 20th century; fantastic literature, utopias, SF; avant-garde and neo-avant-garde literature; interrelationship literature – technology – architecture –  film. Recently he authored Architektur aus Sprache. Korrespondenzen zwischen Literatur und Baukunst (Erich Schmidt 2019).


Demilitarization of Languages: Sound Poetry in Austria, France, and Sweden

As one of the paradigmatic literary genres of both the historical avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde, sound poetry should not merely be understood in terms of formal experimentation, but also as an intervention into the politics of language: to speak with John Cage, a kind of “demilitarization of language.”[1] Cage, however, understoo