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The Biedermeier and Beyond

Selected Papers from the Symposium held at St. Peter's College, Oxford from 19-21 September 1997


Ian F. Roe and John Warren

This volume brings together fifteen essays by scholars which were first presented at a conference held in Oxford in September 1997 to mark the bicentenary of Schubert's birth. This collection of essays examines a variety of aspects of cultural and social life in Austria in the first half of the nineteenth century but also explores the perpetuating of myths and stereotypes derived from those years and the ways in which the Biedermeier period continued to influence later generations, not least in their repeated attempts to create an image of «the good old days» based on the age of Schubert before the chaos of the 1848 revolution and the construction of the Ringstraße. Major figures from literature and culture are well represented (Grillparzer, Nestroy, Stifter, Bauernfeld) but an important focus of the volume is on lesser known writers who were responsible for the creation of the Biedermeier myth: Frankl, Bartsch, Lux and others. A further group of essays is concerned with general topics such as Austrian identity, the existence of a specifically Austrian strand of philosophy, and changing attitudes towards nature.
Contents: Ian F. Roe / John Warren: Introduction - Ernst Bruckmüller: Biedermeier und österreichische Identität - Sigurd Paul Scheichl: Die väterländischen Balladen des österreichischen Biedermeier: Bausteine des Habsburgischen Mythos. Zu Ludwig August Frankls Habsburglied - Eda Sagarra: Benign Authority and its Cultivation in the Biedermeier - Peter Kampits: Das Biedermeier und die Ursprünge der österreichischen Philosophie - Peter Branscombe: Attitudes towards Nature in Biedermeier Vienna - Andrew Barker: 'Often Sublime and Always Pathetic': Settings of Scottish Texts in Biedermeier Vienna and Beyond - Ian F. Roe: Die Jüdin von Toledo and Changing Views on Women in the Biedermeier and Beyond - John Warren: Eduard von Bauernfeld and the Beginnings of Austrian Social Drama - Dagmar Zumbusch-Beisteiner: '...unter charakteristischer Musik fällt der Vorhang' - Helena Ragg-Kirkby: Witiko and the Absurd - Mike Rogers: Wiener Wohnkultur - Karlheinz Rossbacher: Friedrich Schlögl: Beamter im 'Biedermeier' und Feuilletonist im 'Beyond' - Colin Walker: Ludwig August Frankl and the Reflection of the Biedermeier - Alexander Stillmark: 'Es war alles gut und erfüllt'. Rudolf Hans Bartsch's Schwammerl and the Making of the Schubert Myth - W.E. Yates: The Image of the Biedermeier age in Early-Twentieth-Century Vienna.