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New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture


Edited By Katya Krylova

This volume brings together contributions arising from papers originally presented at the Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture International Conference held at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. It examines trends in contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture, predominantly over the past thirty years. This period has been one of great transformation in Austrian society, with the Waldheim affair of 1986–1988 marking the beginning of a belated process of confronting the country’s National Socialist past. The sixteen chapters of the volume analyse literary texts, films, memorial projects and Austria’s musical heritage, considering works by cultural practitioners operating both within and outside of Austria. The collection offers a multi-perspectival view on how contemporary Austria sees itself and how it is, in turn, seen by others from various vantage points.

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This volume arises out of an international conference on Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture (CALFAC), which took place at the University of Nottingham on 13–15 April 2015. The conference organizer and the editor of this volume was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow there, working on the project ‘The Treatment of the Past and Austrian Identity in Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film’. I am very grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for funding this project, and for sponsoring the conference in conjunction with the Austrian Cultural Forum London and the University of Nottingham. In addition to keynote lectures from Professor Allyson Fiddler (University of Lancaster), Professor Jonathan Long (University of Durham), and Professor Dagmar C. G. Lorenz (University of Illinois at Chicago), a total of twenty-four papers were presented at the conference by speakers from the UK, the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary. The conference also featured film screenings and Q&As with two award-winning Austrian documentary filmmakers: Dr Ruth Beckermann (Vienna) and Dr Frederick Baker (Cambridge). More information about the conference, programme, and abstracts may be found on the following webpage: <>.

Almost all of the chapters in the present volume are based on papers originally presented at the CALFAC conference. They have been substantially expanded for this volume and have undergone a peer-review process. I would like to thank members of the conference committee – Professor Allyson Fiddler, Professor Dirk Göttsche, Dr Hillary Hope Herzog, Dr Todd Herzog, Professor Florian Krobb, Professor Jonathan Long, Professor Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, Professor Imke Meyer, Dr Manfred Mittermayer, and Professor Andrew Webber – for generously reviewing the individual contributions. I would also like to thank both contributors and peer-reviewers for the great spirit with which they have approached this process. ← xi | xii →

I would like to thank the anonymous reviewers of the manuscript for Peter Lang for their thoughtful comments and suggestions. I am very grateful to Dr Laurel Plapp at Peter Lang Publishing, Oxford, for expertly seeing this volume through to its completion.

Katya Krylova

University of Aberdeen

June 2018