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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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It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that schorskke is obsolete. Craig, The New Republic “A profound work Thus in his own way he was himself anti-Semitic. Part of the problem is me – I know very little about this period -as fascinating as it obviously is – and have had difficulty reading the few literary works I’ve tried — though that clearly is something I plan to continue working on.

I’m going to have to think about it a bit more. And the chapter on Freud displays Schorske’s close and creative reading of Freud, but does not really develop any insight into him or why the reading is important to understanding sieclr ideas.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture – Carl E. Schorske – Google Books

The chronologically compressed and socially circumscribed character of the Viennese experience created a more coherent context for studying the different ramifications of its high culture p. Aug 22, Cral Zakharov rated it really liked it. Wilson The Prize: The chapters on literature dealt with authors unfamiliar to me except as names and did not particularly inspire me to seek them out.


I promised myself to never forget the result siecls exclusion and lack of diversity. Mar 21, Evan rated it really liked it. Sigmund Freud carries much more currency today with social scientists than among actual scientists. But that may just be me. I know that my views on this book will fon strike others as foolish – or even MARK me and my limitations for all to see — and I accept that. The introduction looks at the current state of historical studies, and argues for the value of asking why something happened, and why vifnna happened here and not there and what that means in relation to everything else that happened – which I guess is what is meant by the phrase “intellectual history” that’s printed on the back cover.

I don’t yet know what to make of this book, except that I loved it. They include everything from architecture to psychoanalysis to antisemitism. But as to Schorske, he himself is neither fish siecel fowl.

Fin-De-Siecle Vienna

He never abandons these values, but instead uses them as a foundation to create his own. Analysis by an historian is not necessarily historical analysis.

On the whole, the book proved its thesis, that turn-of-the-century developments in Austria in art, architecture, and politics, grew out of the perceived failings of 19th Century Liberalism and pointed a path toward the turmoil of the 20th. This is more plausible, but would still require more historical support than he gives it. Politics and Culture is a transdisciplinary non-fiction book written by cultural historian Carl E.


In any case Vidnna couldn’t resist this one. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I found this an excellent selection of topics that covered an important era–one that produced both Hitler and Theodor Herzl, both austere functionalism and wild expressionism–in a reasonable amount of space.

Jul 18, Scott rated it it was amazing. 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.

For instance, in writing on Klimt’s Medicine, a painting the features the Greek goddess Hygeia holding a snake as is traditionalhe notes: A Sting in the Tale Dave Goulson. 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.

In his view, Vienna was a peculiar cultural environment due to the late ascendancy and early crisis of its liberal middle class between the s and the s. Seven essays about the birth of Modernism in Vienna. During a test for a sociology class I took at Truman Community College in Chicago, I encountered a question that asked whether and how the contemporary United States was comparable to the Roman Empire as it collapsed.