Literature in Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries

Literature in Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries

Continuities and Discontinuities around 1900 and 2000

Edited by Ernst Grabovszki, James Hardin


Camden House



Insightful essays on the striking resemblances between the Viennese literary/cultural scene in 1900 and 100 years later.
This book of new essays by widely-published scholars from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Austria examines the artistic, social, political, and historical continuities and discontinuities in Viennese literature during the periods around 1900 and 2000. It takes its impetus from the idea that both turns of the century are turning points in the development of Austrian literature and history. The essays show that in both periods literature not only reflects societal conditions and political issues, but also serves to criticize them. Ernst Grabovszki's introduction sets the context of literature in Vienna in 1900 and 2000, and is followed by essays exploring the following topics bearing on the city's literature across the two periods: writing about Vienna (Janet Stewart); art and architecture (Douglas Crow); psychoanalysis and the literature of Vienna (Thomas Paul Bonfiglio); poetry in Vienna from Hofmannsthal to Jandl (Rüdiger Görner); Austrian cinema culture (Willy Riemer); Austrian-Jewish culture (Hillary Hope Herzog and Todd Herzog); Austrian women's writing (Dagmar C. G. Lorenz); Karl Kraus and Robert Menasse as critical observers of their times (Geoffrey C. Howes); and Venice as mediator between the Viennese metropolis and the provinces (John Pizer). The figures treated range from Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl, Karl Kraus, Peter Altenberg, Franz Grillparzer, Joseph Roth, Bertha von Suttner, and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach in the earlier fin de siècle to Elfriede Jelinek, Robert Schindel, Robert Menasse, Josef Haslinger, Ernst Jandl, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Marlene Streeruwitz in the current period.

Ernst Grabovszki teaches at the University of Vienna. James Hardin is professor emeritus of German at the University of South Carolina.


December 2002
242 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571132338
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Notes on Literature in Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries - Ernst Grabovszki
The Written City: Vienna 1900 and 2000 - Janet Stewart
Notes from the Counter World: Poetry in Vienna from Hugo von Hofmannsthal to Ernst Jandl - Ruediger Goerner
Austrian Women and the Public: Women's Writing at the Turn of the Centuries - Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
Dreams of Interpretation: Psychoanalysis and the Literature of Vienna - Thomas Paul Bonfiglio
Venice as Mediator Between Province and Viennese Metropolis: Themes in Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Gerhard Roth, and Kolleritsch - John Pizer
Critical Observers of Their Times: Karl Kraus and Robert Menasse - Geoffrey C. Howes
Art and Architecture 1900 and 2000 - Douglas Crow
Austrian Cinema Culture at the Turn of the Centuries - Willy Riemer
"Wien bleibt Wien": Austrian-Jewish Culture at Two fins de siècle - Hillary Hope Herzog and Todd Herzog
"Medizin ist eine Weltanschauung.": On Schnitzler's Medical Writings - Hillary Hope Herzog


A delightfully readable and unified collection of nine scholarly but lively articles ... with a collection of pertinent photographs. GERMANIC NOTES AND REVIEWS

The volume offers a comprehensive discussion of the arts, culture, and politics in Vienna around 1900 and 2000.... We are provided with a series of enlightening comparative studies. GERMAN QUARTERLY

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