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New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture

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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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Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

KATYA KRYLOVA

Introduction: Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture

PART I Austria and the World: Transnational Perspectives

DAGMAR C. G. LORENZ

1 The New Cosmopolitanism in Second Republic Narratives: Revisiting the Vienna–‘Orient’ Connection

ANNE-MARIE SCHOLZ

2 ‘You’ll never know the old Vienna’: The Third Man (1949) as Historical Referent in Contemporary Austrian Culture and Literature

BENEDICT SCHOFIELD

3 Austria’s Ambiguous Smile: Transnational Perspectives on Austrian Belatedness in the Fiction of John Irving

KATYA KRYLOVA

4 Ariadne’s Thread: Storytelling, Digression and Flâneurship in the Recent Films of Ruth Beckermann

VALENTINA SERRA

5 „Mit möglichst großer literarischer und intellektueller Qualität ein Sartre zu werden“. Parodie und (Selbst)-Bestätigung in Robert Menasses Gegenwarts- und Intellektuellenkritik

PART II Space, Place and Boundary Crossing in Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film

NIKHIL SATHE

6 Fortress Europe as Frontier: Adaptation of the Western Genre in Austrian Cinema

URSULA A. SCHNEIDER AND ANNETTE STEINSIEK

7 „Ganz Tirol ist eine Grenze“ und Felix Mitterer. Verkaufte Heimat

SILKE SCHWAIGER

8 The Visible Uncanny: Anna Kim’s Novels Frozen Time and Anatomy of a Night

RACHEL GREEN

9 ‘Leichen im Keller’: The Basement in New Austrian Film

LYDIA HAIDER

10 Der Rhythmus als subversive Textstrategie. Gezeigt an Texten Thomas Bernhards und Ernst Jandls

PETER HÖYNG

11 Desires for a Third Space: A Critique of Elfriede Jelinek’s Winterreise by Reading Georg Simmel’s ‘Exkurs über den Fremden’

PART III Confronting the Nazi Past

MAGDOLNA OROSZ

12 Historische Traumata, Vergessen und Erinnerung. Literarische Vergangenheitsdiskurse in der zeitgenössischen österreichischen Literatur

PETRA M. BAGLEY

13 The Grandmother in Recent Austrian Literature: Peter Henisch, Eine sehr kleine Frau (2007) and Melitta Breznik, Das Umstellformat (2002)

TRACI S. O’BRIEN

14 ‘Farben, die es auf dieser Welt nicht gibt’: Remembering Reality in Lenka Reinerová’s Late Prose

JOSEPH W. MOSER

15 Blurring Fiction with Reality: Robert Schindel’s comédie humaine of 1980s Vienna in Gebürtig and Der Kalte

LAUREN FREEDE

16 ‘Walzer für Nazis’: The Vienna Philharmonic and the Nazi Past

Notes on Contributors

Index