Fictions from an Orphan State: Literary Reflections of Austria between Habsburg and Hitler

Fictions from an Orphan State: Literary Reflections of Austria between Habsburg and Hitler

by Andrew Barker


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The literary flair of fin-de-sicle Vienna lived on after 1918 in the First Austrian Republic even as writers grappled with the consequences of a lost war and the vanished Habsburg Empire. Reacting to historical and political issues often distinct from those in Weimar Germany, Austrian literary culture, though frequently associated with Jewish writers deeply attached to the concept of an independent Austria, reflected the republic's ever-deepening antisemitism and the growing clamor for political union with Germany.
Spanning the two momentous decades between the fall of the empire in 1918 and the Nazi Anschluss in 1938, this book explores work by canonical writers such as Schnitzler, Kraus, Roth, and Werfel and by now-forgotten figures such as the pacifist Andreas Latzko, the arch-Nazi Bruno Brehm, and the fervently Jewish Soma Morgenstern. Also taken into account are Ernst Weiss's "Hitler" novel Der Augenzeuge and 1930s works about First Republic Austria by the German Communist writers Anna Seghers and Friedrich Wolf. Andrew Barker's book paints a varied and vivid picture of one of the most challenging and underresearched periods in twentieth-century cultural history.

Andrew Barker is Emeritus Professor of Austrian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571135315
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #119
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preamble: A Cold Sun 1

1 Soldiers' Tales Andreas Latzko Ernst Weiss 21

2 The Habsburg Legacy Arthur Schnitzler Franz Werfel Joseph Roth 49

3 "Hakenkreuz" and "Davidstern" Bruno Brehm Soma Morgenstern 85

4 Charting February 1934 Karl Kraus Anna Seghers Friedrich Wolf Alois Vogel 113

5 "Finis Austriae"? Joseph Roth Ernst Weiss Heimito von Doderer 146

Postscript 175

Bibliography 181

Index 195

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