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Besuch im »Marstheater« – Eine Netzwerkmodellierung von Karl Kraus’ Riesendrama »Die letzten Tage der Menschheit« (DHd2020)

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posted on 29.02.2020, 11:33 by Frank Fischer, Anna Busch, Angelika Hechtl, Peer Trilcke, Andreas Vogel
This is our DHd2020 poster contribution (in German): »Besuch im ›Marstheater‹ – Eine Netzwerkmodellierung von Karl Kraus’ Riesendrama ›Die letzten Tage der Menschheit‹«. Release date: 5 March 2020, Paderborn/Germany.

The poster shows a network model of Karl Kraus’ five-act tragedy »The Last Days of Mankind« (1919/1922), one of the biggest plays ever written. The network visualizes the scenic co-presence of characters (925 nodes, 12.425 edges).

The source for the extraction of the co-occurrences is the XML-TEI version of the play, which forms part of the German Drama Corpus (GerDraCor) and is connected to the DraCor portal (https://dracor.org/ger).

We projected the network onto the planet Mars, taking the author at his word. As Kraus writes in the preface to his play, which deals with the atrocities of the First World War: »The performance of this drama, whose scope of time by earthly measure would comprise about ten evenings, is intended for a theater on Mars. Theatergoers in this world would not be able to endure it.«

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