Robert Musil (1880-1942), author of The Man without Qualities, is one of the handful of most important writers of the twentieth century. Among Anglophone readers Musil has enjoyed a dedicated cult following, but until recently poor translations and radical misunderstandings of his aims and techniques have retarded the full appreciation of his genius. Hannah Hickman's compact survey of Musil's work and influences has won recognition as the only adequate introduction to its subject. Hickman has taken advantage of a wealth of recently available evidence to give a reliable account of this often baffling and immensely subtle writer.
Kunst und Kultur im Umfeld der Technischen Universität Wien / Art and Culture around the TU Wien
Author: Juliane Mikoletzky
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Wien
Die in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge befassen sich mit den vielfältigen Beziehungen zwischen „Technik“, „Kunst“, „Kultur“ und „Wissenschaft“, die sich an der TU Wien im Laufe ihrer 200jährigen Geschichte ergeben haben. Nach einer allgemeinen Reflexion über das Verhältnis zwischen Kunst und Technik und ihrer Zusammenführung in der „Wiener Wunderkammer 2015“ werden die Verbindungen zwischen Angehörigen und Absolventen der TU Wien und ihrer Vorgängerorganisationen zum künstlerischen, insbesondere musikalischen und literarischen Leben ihrer Zeit betrachtet. Weitere Beiträge widmen sich der Rolle des Polytechnischen Instituts beziehungsweise der TH/TU Wien für die Entwicklung der frühen Fotografie und des Films sowie den Bemühungen der Hochschule um die populäre Vermittlung technischen Wissens in den ersten Jahrzehnten des 20. Jahrhunderts im Rahmen der „University Extension“.
This lucid and wide-ranging study will be of interest to anyone concerned with literature in German at the turn of the twentieth century. It opens up new perspectives on the narratalogical possibilities which developed out of an increased awareness of the workings of the mind at that period. This stimulating and thought-provoking study uses the tools of narrative theory and grammatical analysis to provide new reading of both classic and lesser known tests. Based on an impressively broad command of the literary and intellectual currents of the period, this clearly argued study focuses on an important but under researched aspect of the history of the Novelle, bringing modern insights to bear on the ways in which short prose forms have been adapted to probe psychological depths.
In this sequel to Political Radicalism in Late Imperial Vienna, John Boyer picks up the history of the Christian Social movement after founder Karl Lueger's rise to power in Vienna in 1897 and traces its evolution from a group of disparate ward politicians, through its maturation into the largest single party in the Austrian parliament by 1907, to its major role in Imperial politics during the First World War. Boyer argues that understanding the unprecedented success that this dissident bourgeois political group had in transforming the basic tenets of political life is crucial to understanding the history of the Central European state and the ways in which it was slowly undermined by popular electoral politics. The movement's efforts to save the Austrian Empire by trying to create an economically integrated but ethnically pluralistic state are particularly enlightening today in the shadow of ethnic violence in Sarajevo, where began the end of the Austrian Empire in 1914. The most comprehensive account of any mass political movement in late-nineteenth century Central Europe, this two- volume work is crucial reading for anyone interested in Hapsburg history, German history or the history of social democracy.
German Literature and the World-view of Science 1780-1955
Author: Peter D. Smith
Category: Literary Criticism
Metaphor and Materiality explores the relationship between literature and science from the end of the eighteenth century to the Cold War period. This wide-ranging study reveals how major works of German and Austrian literature interrogate contemporary scientific paradigms and metaphors. An introductory chapter discusses current approaches to the study of science, drawing on the work of Rorty, Kuhn and Toulmin amongst others. Subsequent chapters analyse in detail key literary works, setting them in a scientific and philosophical context: Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1809), Buchner's Dantons Tod and Woyzeck (1835-7), Stifter's Kalkstein and Bergkristall (1853), Musil's Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless (1906), and Brecht's Leben des Galilei (1955). The extensive bibliography will prove invaluable to researchers in the field of literature and science.
Although we usually think of the intellectual legacy of twentieth-century Vienna as synonymous with Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic theories, other prominent writers from Vienna were also radically reconceiving sexuality and gender. In this probing new study, David Luft recovers the work of three such writers: Otto Weininger, Robert Musil, and Heimito von Doderer. His account emphasizes the distinctive intellectual world of liberal Vienna, especially the impact of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche in this highly scientific intellectual world. According to Luft, Otto Weininger viewed human beings as bisexual and applied this theme to issues of creativity and morality. Robert Musil developed a creative ethics that was closely related to his open, flexible view of sexuality and gender. And Heimito von Doderer portrayed his own sexual obsessions as a way of understanding the power of total ideologies, including his own attraction to National Socialism. For Luft, the significance of these three writers lies in their understandings of eros and inwardness and in the roles that both play in ethical experience and the formation of meaningful relations to the world-a process that continues to engage artists, writers, and thinkers today. Eros and Inwardness in Vienna will profoundly reshape our understanding of Vienna's intellectual history. It will be important for anyone interested in Austrian or German history, literature, or philosophy.
War has been the defining theme of the 20th century. It has dominated our imagination; it has influenced our political language; it has shaped and determined our view of history. This study sets out to look at the modern consciousness and war in terms of a number of themes: our view of the 20th century; our understanding of modernity; our attitude to the meaning or meaninglessness of history; our trust or distrust of science; our psychological presuppositions. Towards the end of the book the author also looks at the often tragic nature of the encounter between the western and non-western worlds. Throughout the study the discussion is anchored to several seminal themes or works drawn from a wide spectrum of American and European authors in the fields of literature and philosophy. Western culture has been deeply influenced - both consciously and unconsciously by its experience of conflict, in particular the two World Wars and the Cold War that followed them. This study illustrates why, in the course of the 20th century, war became the accredited theme of modern life.
Broadens understanding of the origin of psychoanalysis by looking past Freud's version to the opinions of his dissenting followers and forgotten adversaries, and to the social milieu of the time. The articles, review essays, and book reviews are for specialized researchers in the history of science. No index. Distributed by Columbia U. Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Curriculum Visions challenges the singular, guiding vision that has dominated Western educational thought for the past four centuries, from Peter Ramus to Ralph Tyler and beyond. Influenced by the spirit of John Dewey, Curriculum Visions moves beyond his ghost to see what he never saw - a playful integration of the scientific, the storied, and the spiritful. In so doing, Curriculum Visions asks each of us to develop our own curricular vision, based on the logic of reason, the personality and culture of society, and the awesomeness and mystery of creation.
"Examines the relationship between science and the fiction developed by modernists, including Musil, Proust, Kafka, and Joyce. Looks at Pascalian and Newtonian cosmology, Darwinism, epistemology, relativity theory, quantum mechanics, the development of modernist and postmodern fiction, positivism, and finally works by Woolf, Faulkner, and Borges"--Provided by publisher.