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Schnitzler’s Hidden Manuscripts


Edited By Lorenzo Bellettini and Peter Hutchinson

This volume, which takes its title from an international conference held at the University of Cambridge in November 2006, aims to shed new light on Schnitzler’s œuvre and his period by focusing on his as yet largely unpublished literary remains, his ‘hidden manuscripts’. Among the key topics covered in this collection are: the reconstruction of the adventurous rescue of the manuscripts from Vienna in 1938 and a description of their current locations; an overview of the author’s life, in its historical context, on the basis of such private documents as his diaries and letters; the plethora of existing variants, both published and unpublished, and their usefulness for our understanding of Schnitzler’s work, from the Anatol cycle to the ‘scandalous’ Reigen – in the light of the discovery of its original manuscript – and Schnitzler’s planned (but never completed) work on the historical figure of Emperor Joseph II; Schnitzler’s difficult relationship with one of the most influential journalists of his time, Karl Kraus, and his literary friendship with a close but hitherto neglected contemporary, Gustav Schwarzkopf; the network of intertextual references ‘hidden’ in the revolutionary monologue novella Lieutenant Gustl against the background of Hermann Bahr’s modernist theory of literature; and finally, Schnitzler’s ‘hidden legacy’ in our own epoch. This book contains contributions in both English and German.


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Acknowledgements Although the title page bears the names of two editors, by far the bulk of the work has been done by Lorenzo Bellettini. He, in particular, would like to thank the many scholars and experts with whom, at conferences and semi- nars, he has talked through some of the issues that are discussed in the present volume, including the deciphering of Schnitzler’s, and his contemporaries’, often dif ficult handwriting: Peter Michael Braunwarth (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), Robert Vilain (Royal Holloway, London, and Christ Church, Oxford), Andrew Webber (Churchill College, Cambridge), Roger Paulin (Trinity College, Cambridge), Konstanze Fliedl (University of Vienna), Wolfgang Lukas (University of Wuppertal), Achim Aurnhammer (University of Freiburg), Luigi Reitani (University of Udine) and Giuseppe Farese (University of Bari). Thanks are also due to Damian Valdez (Trinity College, Cambridge), Paul Beecher (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), Dina Gusejnova (University of Chicago), Enzo Weninger (Vienna), and Gar Yates, General Editor of the Series in which this volume appears, for their valuable comments on the manuscript. The international conference on which much of the content of this volume is based was also organised by Lorenzo Bellettini and supported by grants from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the Tiarks Fund (German Department, Cambridge University), Corpus Christi College and Trinity College, Cambridge, the Austrian Cultural Forum in London and the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London). We would like to express our gratitude to the Syndics of Cambridge University Library...

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