Fragments of Empire
Austrian Modernisms and the Habsburg Imaginary

Edited by Clemens Peck and Deborah Holmes

Austrian Studies 28

Modern Humanities Research Association

15 December 2020

ISBN: 978-1-781889-71-8 (paperback)

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Volume 28 of Austrian Studies investigates literary imaginings and cultural constructions of the Habsburg Empire. The retrospective phenomenon referred to by Claudio Magris as the ‘Habsburg myth’ plays an inevitable role, but the Habsburg imaginary spans a far greater range. Existing studies often give the impression of a fragile, backward-looking utopia or else the merry apocalypse and overwrought ‘Nervenkunst’ of a predominantly male, German-language elite. The reality is more various, in a historical, geographical and discursive sense, than has previously been acknowledged.

An important focus of our volume lies on imperial plurality in imaginations and institutions before 1918. Reflections of Habsburg diversity can be found in modernist attitudes and techniques in the arts, science and popular culture. We bring together fin-de-siècle cultural practice with analysis of the post- 1918 era to examine negotiations between the whole and the particular, the large and the small, the historical momentum of the bigger picture and the fleeting moment. The volume also investigates transatlantic translations of the Habsburg imaginary after 1933, showing how relevant it is to the exile experience — for example, in the case of Zweig or Broch — but also up to the present day, as demonstrated to tragicomic effect in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

Contents:

1-18
Introduction: Literary Imaginings and Cultural Constructions of the Habsburg Empire
Deborah Holmes, Clemens Peck
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0001
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19-32
Austria as a World Apart: Genre, Totality and Fragmentation
Werner Michler
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0019
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33-46
The Impressionist Within: Aspects of the Terminological Debate from Hermann Bahr to Max Picard
Konstanze Fliedl
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0033
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47-63
The Return of the Prodigal Galician Sons: An Austro-Jewish Dialectic
Scott Spector
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0047
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64-78
Negotiating National Character: The Habsburgs' Roman Catholic Priest College Santa Maria dell'Anima and the German National Church in Rome, 1859–1915
Tamara Scheer
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0064
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79-95
‘Ehrfurcht vor dem Kaiser […] und Liebe zum gemeinsamen Vaterlande’: Imperial Patriotic Discourse in Cisleithanian Primary Schoolbooks
Marlene Horejs
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0079
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96-117
Utopian Habsburg, World Fairs and the Neo-Baroque: Political Imagination as Spatial Play
Clemens Peck
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0096
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118-133
Rewriting Habsburg History: Marta Karlweis's Ein österreichischer Don Juan
Sarah Painitz
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0118
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134-147
The Empire of Taste: Food and Remembrance in Joseph Roth's Radetzkymarsch
Caspar Battegay
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0134
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148-165
Claudio Magris's ‘Habsburg Myth’: A Response to Hermann Broch's Reading of Hofmannsthal and Kraus
Norbert Christian Wolf, Victoria Martin, Deborah Holmes
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0148
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166-181
A Transcendent Word: Stefan Zweig's Demonic Histories
Kirk Wetters
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0166
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182-197
Collecting Stefan Zweig? Wes Anderson's Present-Day Habsburg Tale The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birgit Lang
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0182
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198-200
Review of Katharina Prager, Berthold Viertel: Eine Biografie der Wiener Moderne
Gilbert J. Carr
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0198
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200-202
Review of Peter Pfaff, Kafka lesen: Zur Methode seiner Literatur
Betiel Wasihun
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0200
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202-203
Review of Cate Haste, Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler
Andrew Barker
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0202
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203-205
Review of Ursula Prokop, Laura McGuire, Jonee Tiedemann, Laura McGuire, Jacques and Jacqueline Groag: Architect and Designer — Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement
Megan Brandow-Faller
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0203
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206-207
Review of Graham Bartram, Sarah McGaughey, Galin Tihanov, A Companion to the Works of Hermann Broch
Martin Klebes
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0206
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207-209
Review of Leonie Silber, Poetische Berge: Alpinismus und Literatur nach 2000
Richard McClelland
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0207
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209-211
Review of Steffen Höhne, Manfred Weinberg, Franz Kafka im interkulturellen Kontext
Ritchie Robertson
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0209
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211-212
Review of Bernd Auerochs, Friederike Felicitas Günter, Markus May, Celan-Perspektiven
Nicola Thomas
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0211
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213-216
Review of Will Stone, Richard Millington, Surrender to Night: Collected Poems of Georg Trakl
Rüdiger Görner
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0213
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216-218
Review of Cornelius Mitterer, Richard Schaukal in Netzwerken und Feldern der literarischen Moderne
Florian Krobb
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0216
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218-220
Review of Daphne Maria Seemann, Generation, Gender and Identity in German-Jewish Literature after 1989
Maria Roca Lizarazu
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0218
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220-222
Review of Andrea Di Michele, Salka Klos, Soldaten zwischen zwei Uniformen: Österreichische Italiener im Ersten Weltkrieg
Matthew Stibbe
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0220
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223-130
Abstracts
Deborah Holmes, Clemens Peck
doi:10.5699/austrianstudies.28.2020.0223
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Peck, Clemens, and Deborah Holmes (eds), Fragments of Empire: Austrian Modernisms and the Habsburg Imaginary (= Austrian Studies, 28 (2020))

First footnote reference: 35 Fragments of Empire: Austrian Modernisms and the Habsburg Imaginary, ed. by Clemens Peck and Deborah Holmes (= Austrian Studies, 28 (2020)), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Peck and Holmes, p. 47.

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