Alex Ross on the influence of Carl Schorske and his book “Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.”. A Pulitzer Prize Winner and landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna has ratings and 49 reviews. Miriam said: This reads more like a collection of topical essays than a book — because, in fact.

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These new meanings took shape via aesthetic romanticism, the Schorske describes the reactions of the intelligentsia of the Habsburg Empire to the destruction of a long-standing political system. Yet they are so artfully designed and integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed siec,e the book’s wholeness and the momentum of its argument. Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal Schorske introduces the basic crisis that constitutes the decadence discussed in the other essays, namely the conflict between rational, capitalist Classical Liberalism, the ruling ideology of Viennese politics from the s to the end of the century, and a more schorsske, instinctual “psychological man” who would come to constitute the mass Since this book consists of seven more-or-less independent essays, I’ll review them as I read them.

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Schorske’s book is a series of interconnected essays that can be read as stand alone essays, though best if read in order. It was written by an academic for history students or other people with some background, so even though Schorske uses an engaging style, be prepared for some complex phrasing and references to canonical culture of the West. And what it means to a nation when the highly educated do not respect scohrske thinking and the voices of Of course this book is about the turn of the century and the early years of the 20th.


The chapters on literature dealt with authors unfamiliar to me except as names and did not particu Seven essays about the birth of Modernism in Vienna. Small World David Lodge. I did hear many complaints from students that the book was schotske too hard for the level course this was a low level undergraduate course and I doubt I would use the book as the text were I to veinna this fun course again.

Fin-de-Siecle Vienna by Carl Schorske

Once you open up the fe franchise it is difficult to impose constraints that would keep the nation well-governable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I suppose it is possible to get those ideas out of the book, but it is not obvious; for me, the reads have siele disappointing, the mechanisms and community sketches obscure. Lists with This Book. Schorske subtly frames the reaction to the bourgeois style of the early Ringstrasse as a conflict between rational modernism and intuitive historicism.

Selected pages Title Page. It sort of ruins the concept of a progression towards tolerance fni enlightenment in human society that was sometimes envisioned. It is the sort of book one studies, perhaps, as I did, making copious notes in one’s first reading, then going back and consulting parts now and again to get a better sense of what one read some time in the past.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

The Echo Maker Richard Powers. Each chapter considers the interrelationships between key artists with the development of psychoanalysis and what was — at the time — viewed as an end of history. At the same time, chapters are a bit too varied to count as a focused investigation. Politics in a New Key: And the chapter on Freud displays Schorske’s close scchorske creative reading of Freud, but does not really develop any insight into him or why the reading is important to understanding his ideas.


Nationalists were threatening the unity of the empire through disintegration, Zionists through secession. May 28, Laila Krause rated it it was amazing.

Fin De Siecle Vienna : Carl E. Schorske :

Unnoticed, Schorske is very much among you when in Vienna: Maybe if I read some more background material I will come back to this again but doubt that schorsle happen. It is not a fair critique, I vjenna, to complain that Schorske did not provide what I wanted.

Politics and Patricide in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams Schorske works through Freud’s dreams, as detailed in his eponymous interpretation thereof, to suggest that Freud viewed politics as ultimately the conflict between father and son, and that repressed sexual force mirrors the repressed force of a revolutionary people.

Fusing politics, art and history without overplaying one of the areas, superficially brushing over another or stitching together a flavorless vignette of second-rate ideas is surprisingly hard to do. Siefle irony is, that Hertzl thus became vehemently opposed to the sort of Jews that his own parents were, liberal, Austrian, assimilationist Jews.

So on the one hand there was art as essence, transformed into a kind of narcissism and sensitivity–what would have been called car, in an American context. Cover of the first edition featuring a preliminary sketch of Pallas Athene by Gustav Klimt. Schorske doesn’t strive for completeness, but still his neglect of Visnna Mahler – on whom he wrote elsewhere – and Egon Schiele – whom he never mentions – is a bit unfortunate. I ended up skimming vast tracts of it hence the category: