Since the publication of historian Carl Schorske's seminal work Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture more than three decades ago, the capital of the Habsburg Empire has emerged as a point of fascination for historians, musicologists and scholars of German literature and culture. A time of experimentation and innovation in the arts, philosophy, psychology and the natural sciences, Vienna 1900 also conjures up images of the "gay apocalypse," a culture of aestheticism and decadence that blissfully disregarded the crumbling political and social structures of a monarchy in decline. This course will provide an introduction to fin-de-siècle Viennese culture through an interdisciplinary approach. We will read diverse literary texts by authors such as Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig, Arthur Schnitzler, Karl Kraus, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and examine works of visual art (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka), architecture (Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos), and music (Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg). Through these works we will explore issues of gender, Jewish identity and the modern language crisis. Finally, we will also discuss the legacy of turn of the century Vienna to the present day, examining the work of scholars who have sought to expand upon or challenge Schorske's paradigm. Primary texts will be read in German, discussion in English. Accommodations can be made for interested graduate students in other programs who do not read German at the graduate level. Please see instructor.
Section 01Seminar in Cultural Theory:
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