JAS 47:1 (Spring 2014)

The Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Austrian Studies includes articles by Vance Byrd, Klaus Haberkamm, Matthew Collins, Yvonne Hütter, and Christine Rinne. Get your copy here!

 

Vance Byrd

The Politics of Commemoration in Wien und die Wiener (1841-44)

Adalbert Stifter’s edited collection Wien und die Wiener is relevant for memory studies research on nineteenth-century Austria due to its generic and narrative form. As a contemporary Viennese publication that focuses on the recent past, Stifter’s “St. Stephansthurm” and Perger’s “Eine Partie nach der Lobau” suture the reader into prosthetic memory of the Battles of Aspern and Wagram through battle reenactments. These scenes suggest that continuity in Nature is greater than historical narratives of the Habsburg Empire.

 

 Klaus Haberkamm

Rechts oder links? Die Synkrisis des Protagonisten in Arthur Schnitzlers Traumnovelle

Im Mittelpunkt der Interpretation steht das anthropologische Prinzip der für die Einschätzung des kontrovers gedeuteten Schlusses der Traumnovelle relevanten Entscheidung zwischen Richtig/Gut und Falsch/Böse. Es manifestiert sich ästhetisch-symbolisch im Modell der seit der Antike vorgegebenen Synkrisis zwischen den wertbesetzten Polen Rechts/Positiv und Links/Negativ. Auf Fridolins zentrale Wahlsituation führt eine demonstrativ häufige Erwähnung der scheinbar bloßen, d. h. rein deskriptiv-topografischen, Orts- bzw. Richtungsangaben „rechts“ und „links“ hin. Der stringent suggerierte Vorgang der eigentlichen Wahl in der mysteriösen „Trauerkutsche“ bleibt freilich – ein ungewöhnliches Verfahren des Erzählers – spannungsfördernd offen; sein Ergebnis wird jedoch anschließend durch  Anspielung auf eine letztlich biblisch geprägte (Matth. 7, 13f.), doch sogar redensartlich  profanisierte Dichotomie klar bestimmt: Der Protagonist benutzt für seinen „Heimweg“ zu Fuß bezeichnenderweise eine schmale Gasse statt der näher liegenden breiten Fahrstraße. Er bekennt sich also nach den gefährlichen Versuchungen der Nacht eindeutig zu seiner Ehe. - Die  hier unterbreitete Exegese strebt an, die gleichwohl ethisch-politisch funktionelle Literarizität des Werks gegenüber einer Vielzahl vornehmlich (tiefen-)psychologisch orientierter Auslegungen herauszuarbeiten.

 

Matthew Collins

Graves of the Living: Franz Nabl’s Die Ortliebschen Frauen and the Crisis of the Family in Austrian Literature

This article re-evaluates Franz Nabl’s neglected novel Die Ortliebschen Frauen (1917), situating the text within the context of a long tradition of Austrian writing on the crisis of the family. This body of literature, which includes works by Grillparzer, Stifter and Kafka, tends to trace the dynamics of unhappy family life back to a number of key motifs, such as patriarchal tyranny, the insularity of the bourgeois family unit and the tendency towards obsession and isolation which this often produces. Nabl’s novel draws on these common aspects to produce a sustained critique of Biedermeier ideals of domesticity in urgent need of fresh critical attention.

 

Yvonne Hütter

Die Verquickung von Handlungsmacht, Determinismus und Humanismus in Leo Perutz’ Der Schwedische Reiter

Der Beitrag behandelt eine der Hauptproblematiken der Perutz-Forschung: Den Konnex von Determinismus und Freiheit. Die Waagschale schlägt in der Forschung meist für die Seite des Determinismus aus. Ich argumentiere hier gegen und zeige, wo sich agency und Freiheit in Perutz‘ Roman „Der schwedische Reiter“ findet und an welche Mechanismen sie gebunden ist. Ich liefere eine differenzierte Ausbuchstabierung des Verhältnisses von Freiheit und Determinismus in Perutz‘ Roman und mache damit den von der Forschung beschworenen, aber nicht ausreichend begründeten Bruch in Perutz‘ Schreiben ab dem „schwedischen Reiter“  nachvollziehbar:  Perutz bzw. sein Erzähler verpflichtet sich im „schwedischen Reiter“ nicht länger dem Geschichtspessimismus, sondern dem Humanismus; dieser ist jedoch  immer an eine Idee der Freiheit gebunden (wenn auch, wie ich zeige, nicht an eine völlig indeterminierte), die Perutz im "Reiter" zur Anwendung bringt.

  

Christine Rinne

Denying an Ideal: Maidservants in the Works of Sacher-Masoch and Freud

This article explores late nineteenth-century texts by Sacher-Masoch and Freud to demonstrate that the liminal role the maidservant played within the family made her the ideal sexual object. Simultaneously she must be contained, because she has the ability to destroy the familial institution by displacing the mother. Both authors attempt to carve out a space in order to preserve the mother, but this does not reflect common social practices, including their own childhood experiences.

CFP: Austrian Studies Association Annual Conference (Dearborn, MI, March 26-29, 2015)

Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association

Crossing Borders—Blurring Borders

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan - March 26-29, 2015

 

In her novel Engel des Vergessens Maja Haderlap writes of crossing the border from Carinthia into Slovenia: “Das Überschreiten der Grenze ist hier kein natürlicher Vorgang, es ist ein politischer Akt” (220). In addition to being a political act, a border crossing or blurring can be an aesthetic act, a collaborative act, a historical act, or a combination of the above.

 

The breadth of topic is conceived to elicit submissions reflecting the widest variety of disciplinary as well as multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. The Conference Committee particularly looks forward to receiving proposals on the work of the conference’s guest speakers, author Maja Haderlap, artist Ursula Hübner, and actor/director Karl Markovics.

 

Possible topics include crossing and/or blurring borders in: genres, gender (Studies), Austrian Studies. Ventures in the literary, visual, and performative arts that involve metaphorical or real border crossings. Literal border crossings. Cultural transfers and perceptions of the other. Austria’s place in international movements. Scholarly collaborations and debates across disciplines and national borders.

 

Submit full abstracts (English or German) of  400 words maximum, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction to: 2015asaconference@gmail.com by September 15, 2014. If the Austrian connection is not immediately apparent, please elaborate in the abstract.

 

Individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers submitted as a block may be proposed; the conference committee may request modifications.

Presenters are required to be members of the Austrian Studies Association by subscribing to its journal.

 

Conference organizer: Jacqueline Vansant

Conference Languages: English and German

CFP: Austrian Studies Association Annual Conference (Austin)

Call for Papers

Annual Conference of the

Austrian Studies Association

1914: 

Preludes and Echoes /

Auftakt und Widerhall

 6-9 February 2014

Austin, Texas

AT&T Conference Center

U of Texas at Austin

Abstracts due: 15 September 2013

Acceptances by: 1 October 2013

2014asaconference@gmail.com

Organizer:  Katherine Arens, U of Texas at Austin

Conference website will be attached to <http://www.austrian-studies.org/>

             The 2014 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will find its focus in the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, the "Great War."

             Paper proposals are welcome that take up the culture and society of the Great War in Austria-Hungary and Central Europe, what led up to it, and how it has continued to echo in history, film, art, memorials, textbooks, city planning, literature, memory.  Any disciplinary approach to -- any discipline. Papers may be given in German or English; the conference will support standard media (audio, DVD, PowerPoint);  a publication with selected papers from the conference is planned.

             Topics may touch on any facet of  Central European and Austrian culture in the Great War, including the immediate successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (e.g. Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland) or their later evolutions (e.g. the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Ukraine, etc.). Papers with interdisciplinary methodology and/or transnational focuses are particularly encouraged, as are contributions from any discipline that focus on this moment, its sources, and/or its later legacies. 

 Submission Details:

            Submit full abstracts of ca. 250 words, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL (NOT as an attachment please) to the conference email address:2014asaconference@gmail.com

             Individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers submitted as a block may be proposed; the conference committee may request modifications. 

 PLEASE NOTE: submissions are NOT RESTRICTED to the conference topic; appropriate open panels will be assembled, space and interest permitting. 

             In addition, graduate student submitters should add a note if they would like to apply for travel funds from the ASA (and a travel fund supported by the ACFNY-Austrian Cultural Forum New York). Presenters are required to be members of the Austrian Studies Association by subscribing to its journal.

 Sponsoring Organization

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