A Companion to the Works of Arthur Schnitzler by Dagmar C. G. Lorenz


By Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

This quantity of specifically commissioned essays takes a clean examine the Viennese Jewish dramatist and prose author Arthur Schnitzler. Fascinatingly, Schnitzler's effective years spanned the ultimate part of the Habsburg monarchy, international battle I, the 1st Austrian Republic, and the increase of nationwide Socialism, and he learned ahead of lots of his contemporaries the danger that racist anti-Semitism posed to the then nearly whole assimilation of Austrian Jews. His writings additionally replicate the irresolvable clash among rising feminism and the relentless ''scientific'' discourse of misogyny, and he chronicles the cave in of conventional social constructions on the finish of the Habsburg monarchy and the struggles of the newly based republic. within the Fifties Schnitzler's strong literary checklist assumed version personality for Viennese Jewish intellectuals born after the Shoah, and his portrayal of gender kinfolk and position expectancies and informal intercourse are acquired with an identical fascination this present day as they have been by way of the audiences of his personal time. Schnitzler is still an important determine in modern ecu tradition, as his works are nonetheless extensively learn, played, and tailored -- witness Stanley Kubrick's model of Schnitzler's Traumnovelle because the 1999 movie Eyes large close. during this quantity a crew of foreign students explores Schnitzler's dramas and prose works from modern serious vantage issues, yet in the context of Austria's multicultural society at a time of unheard of swap. individuals: Gerd Schneider, Evelyn Deutsch-Schreiner, Elizabeth Loentz, Iris Bruce, Felix Tweraser, Elizabeth Ametsbichler, Hillary wish Herzog, Katherine Arens, John Neubauer, Imke Meyer, Susan C. Anderson, Eva Kuttenberg, and Matthias Konzett.Dagmar C. G. Lorenz is professor of German on the college of Illinois-Chicago.

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Her detailed examination of Schnitzler’s narrative strategies reveal patterns of turning the familiar object or person into the other, the unfamiliar, that can be applied to other prose works as well. Finally, a critical look is taken at bourgeois morals and the crises of masculinity at the fin-de-siècle. These issues are an integral part of Schnitzler’s Dämmerseelen collection, and they are connected to the feminist concerns raised in Schnitzler’s better-known narratives, such as Leutnant Gustl, Fräulein Else, or Traumnovelle.

The Scandal in Vienna The disturbances in Berlin are closely linked to the Viennese reaction to this play. One has to keep in mind that the media played a major role in influencing attitudes toward Reigen. Advances made in technology allowed the transmission of news items across national borders without any great loss of time, and sometimes the same journalists wrote for papers in Austria as well as Germany. Since there was no television to propagate the political platform and agenda, newspapers had a strong impact on reporting events, and at the same time, publicizing their political stand.

Arthur Schnitzler. Sein Leben. Sein Werk. , 360. 6 Peter Gay, Schnitzler’s Century. The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815–1914 (New York: Norton, 2001). 7 Hannah Arendt, Rahel Varnhagen: Lebensgeschichte einer deutschen JKdin aus der Romantik (Munich: Piper, 1962), 162. See also: Arendt, The Jew as Pariah: Jewish Identity and Politics in the Modern Age (New York: Grove Press, 1978). 8 Marsha Rozenblit, The Jews of Vienna 1867–1914. Assimilation and Identity (Albany: State U of New York P, 1983), 147.

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