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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Siefle what it means to a nation when the highly educated do not respect the thinking and the voices of Of course this book is about the turn of the century and the early years of the 20th. During an unrelenting storm, the main character finds The Rosenhaus as refuge. Sep 18, Joshua Buhs rated it it was ok Shelves: Vienna had grown up around the walls and expanded dramatically in the first half of the 19th century.
I give you a bow Carl for giving me the opportunity to read such a tremendously captivating book.
siedle Sitte had a literally pedestrian critique of the Ringstrasse; he would have preferred a district designed to resemble the ancient street grid of the city center, one more pedestrian-oriented than movement-oriented, resembling Jane Jacob’s critiques of modernist planning several decades later. The metaphor of the garden in the last 2 chapters was fine for the most part but crumbling badly at the edges.
It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete. But the legacy of this golden period of Viennese culture holds a high place in Austrian history. After reading this book, I see more similarities to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Carl Schorske is most likely the ultimate scholar on fin-de-siecle Vienna and provides excellent background, intimate details regarding daily life, city buildings, and analyzes Klimts work, as well as Egon Schiele and Oscar Kokoshka in excellent intricacy.
Schorske means to trace out this interplay throughout the century in the various people he studies. For me, as someone who is not an expert in turn-of-the-century German or Hapsburg history, a lot of the references are obscure.
Painting and the Crisis of the Liberal Ego. The chapters were written as individual studies, not all at the same time, and later compiled into this book. Craig, The New Republic “A profound work Jan 29, Manuel Durazo rated it it was amazing.
Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture
The Ringstrasse, Its Critics, and the Birth of Urban Modernism The Ringstrasse was a district developed in Vienna, beginning in the s, out of what were previously the city walls and surrounding earthworks. In any case I couldn’t resist this one.
Politics and the Psyche: He dw from a wealthy class of Jewish bourgeois capitalists. Nationalists were threatening the unity of the empire through disintegration, Zionists through secession. These are quite welcome. Kokoschka and Schoenberg Index show more. The man who tends to the garden is symbolic of what the new modern man should be; he is appreciative of science and art, rationality and aesthetics.
Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture – Carl E. Schorske – Google Books
Geographysocial evolutionethnologycultural diffusion. Schorske’s reach is wide–he looks at Freud and Klimt and architecture and political theories and ideas about the garden in Austrian culture at the time. I wish though that he’d offered more of a connection to the chapters – particularly as his original thesis is that all these developments in politics, art, and architecture were interrelated. Given that he’s exploring turn of the century Vienna, it’s almost inevitable that Schorske’s analysis of the psyche relies to some extent on a Freudian interpretation of the mind, but the general concepts he presents are still valid and intriguing.
The book is simply superb, but I think there is no question it is also a very demanding book and perhaps better suited to those used to reading primary sources in intellectual history. This compression of the socio-political liberal hegemony provided the opportunity for a ‘collective Oedipal revolt’ against the liberal inheritance, promoted by “Die Jungen” the Young Onesspreading from politics in the s to literature and art in the s. 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 irrational, 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.
Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal Schorske introduces the basic crisis that constitutes the decadence discussed in the other essays, namely the conflict between rational, capitalist Classical Siwcle, the ruling ideology of Viennese politics from the s to the end fienna the century, and a more irrational, instinctual “psychological man” who would come to constitute the mass movements of the 20th century.
In the s classical liberal politics came to the Habsburg empire and to Vienna. Schorske unites here seven previously published or written essays, linked thematically by political and cultural developments in late 19th century Vienna: Partly reconstructed from Schorske’s articles published in the American Historical Reviewthe book is structured into seven thematically interlocking chapters.
But if those things interest you, read those and skim or skip the rest. Wilson The Prize: Scohrske, a rather slow and uncomfortable read.
One can see how this approach would develop, in later decades, into what is now considered cultural history. And so Klimt is confused schorsske reality, while Kokoschka refuses to deal with it. Lastly is the curious case of Theodore Hertzl who shared much of the style of politics of Schonerer and Lueger which moved beyond the liberal notions of rational modernism.
Explorations in the Passage to Modernism.
Fin-de-Siecle Vienna by Carl Schorske
I visited the WW II sites and the ghettos. In xe twentieth century Europe tried to assert independence from its past, self-defining “Modern” as the antithesis of “ancient”; in t This reads more like a collection of topical essays than a book — because, in fact, it was precisely that.
May 09, Ce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bob Corbett corbetre webster. 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. Book ratings by Goodreads. Politics and the Psyche: I found the essays here a bit uneven.