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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.

CONTENTS: Dagmar C. G. Lorenz: The New Cosmopolitanism in Second Republic Narratives: Revisiting the Vienna–«Orient» Connection – Anne-Marie Scholz: «You’ll never know the old Vienna»: The Third Man (1949) as Historical Referent in Contemporary Austrian Culture and Literature – Benedict Schofield: Austria’s Ambiguous Smile: Transnational Perspectives on Austrian Belatedness in the Fiction of John Irving – Katya Krylova: Ariadne’s Thread: Storytelling, Digression and Flâneurship in the Recent Films of Ruth Beckermann – Valentina Serra: «Mit möglichst großer literarischer und intellektueller Qualität ein Sartre zu werden». Parodie und (Selbst)- Bestätigung in Robert Menasses Gegenwarts- und Intellektuellenkritik – Nikhil Sathe: Fortress Europe as Frontier: Adaptation of the Western Genre in Austrian Cinema – Ursula A. Schneider/Annette Steinsiek: «Ganz Tirol ist eine Grenze» und Felix Mitterer. Verkaufte Heimat – Silke Schwaiger: The Visible Uncanny: Anna Kim’s Novels Frozen Time and Anatomy of a Night – Rachel Green: «Leichen im Keller»: The Basement in New Austrian Film – Lydia Haider: Der Rhythmus als subversive Textstrategie. Gezeigt an Texten Thomas Bernhards und Ernst Jandls – Peter Höyng: Desires for a Third Space: A Critique of Elfriede Jelinek’s Winterreise by Reading Georg Simmel’s «Exkurs über den Fremden» – Magdolna Orosz: Historische Traumata, Vergessen und Erinnerung. Literarische Vergangenheitsdiskurse in der zeitgenössischen österreichischen Literatur – Petra M. Bagley: The Grandmother in Recent Austrian Literature: Peter Henisch, Eine sehr kleine Frau (2007) and Melitta Breznik, Das Umstellformat (2002) – Traci S. O’Brien: «Farben, die es auf dieser Welt nicht gibt»: Remembering Reality in Lenka Reinerová’s Late Prose – Joseph W. Moser: Blurring Fiction with Reality: Robert Schindel’s comedie humaine of 1980s Vienna in Geburtig and Der Kalte – Lauren Freede: «Walzer für Nazis»: The Vienna Philharmonic and the Nazi Past.