Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, and the Austrian theatre /
W.E. Yates.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1992.
xvii, 286 p. : ill.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 1992.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-04:
This sober, compact study refocuses the overexposed culture of fin de si`ecle Vienna through the parallel careers of its two leading dramatic authors the "sceptical realist" Schnitzler and the "myth-making" romantic Hofmannsthal. Yates discusses their contrasting politics, artistic associations, and theatrical media (including Hofmannsthal's forays into opera) largely via play synopsis and analysis. Yates forges his most felicitous link between comedy and morality. Drawing largely upon primary sources, especially diaries, letters, journalistic accounts, reviews, and cartoons (which are reproduced), he treats the themes of personal, cultural, and moral identity/character in a period that saw the break-up of monarchy, language, and integrated personality. Other themes are cultural renaissance and decadence, the rise of feminism and anti-feminism, of psychopathology (Freud), of consciousness and moral hypocrisy, of irrationalism, and of antisemitism (culminating in world wars and Nazism), and the threatened geocultural dissolution of Austria. Yates's judicious study informs without surprising, but fulfills its goals. Advanced undergraduate; graduate. S. Golub; Brown University
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Table of Contents
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Fin-de-siecle Vienna: Irrationalism and Renaissancep. 1
'Jung Wien' and the Cafe Griensteidlp. 1
Irrationalismp. 6
Renaissancep. 15
'Naturalist' and 'Neo-Romantic'p. 21
Biography in Letters and Diariesp. 26
Documentationp. 26
Arthur Schnitzlerp. 28
Hugo von Hofmannsthalp. 42
The Autobiographical Impulsep. 58
The Theatrep. 66
The World as a Stage: Theatre in Viennap. 66
Anti-Semitism and the Pressp. 77
Ends and Means: Professor Bernhardip. 87
Critical Reception: Diagnosis Without Therapyp. 98
Hofmannsthal and Theatrical Comedyp. 105
Erosp. 115
Double Standards and the 'Woman Question'p. 115
Schnitzler's Dramatization of Dalliance: Anatol, Liebelei, and Reigenp. 126
Hofmannsthal's Elektrap. 137
The Parting of the Ways (1910-11): Der Rosenkavalier and Das weite Landp. 148
The End of the Monarchyp. 157
World Warp. 157
The Birth of the Republicp. 173
Cultural Conservatism in the Theatrep. 185
Hofmannsthal's Return to Drama: Der Schwierigep. 185
Der Unbestechlichep. 199
The Salzburg Festival: Intention and Realityp. 201
Post mortemp. 218
Friends and Criticsp. 218
Obituariesp. 227
Epilogue: The View from the Belvederep. 235
Bibliographical Notep. 247
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 279
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