Alex Ross on the influence of Carl Schorske and his book “Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.”. A Pulitzer Prize Winner and landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna has ratings and 49 reviews. Miriam said: This reads more like a collection of topical essays than a book — because, in fact.

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Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

Part of the problem is viebna – Schorskee know very little about this period -as fascinating as it obviously is – and have had difficulty reading the few literary works I’ve tried — though that clearly is something I plan to contin I found this book quite off-putting, and though the author is enormously learned, I feel the book is somewhat overrated.

The social and political disintegration of Vienna created a particularly fertile and ahistorical culture.

Siexle found the wall texts of the Leopold Museum, devoted to Viennaheavily influenced by his interpretation of this remarkable period in Europe’s cultural history. Explosion in the Garden: Refresh and try again. Hygeia is ambiguity par excellence; accordingly, she is associated with the snake, the most ambiguous of creatures And so Klimt is confused about reality, while Kokoschka refuses to deal with it.

I saw through their eyes, I dreamt through their minds, I felt everything.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture – Carl E. Schorske – Google Books

He cited it in a way that made me think it would discuss the way ideas developed in Venice transferred to the culture at large–Venice of the time, after all, was the city that, inter alia, gave us Freud and psychoanalysis, as well as the early glimmerings of the so-called Austrian school of economics.

Schorske Fin-De Siecle Vienna: In a time of crisis, intellectuals abandoned politics and threw away objective thinking in order to discover new meanings and values.

Explosions in the Garden: Feb 03, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is simply superb, but I think there is no question it is also a very demanding book and perhaps better suited to those used to reading primary sources in intellectual history.


The reader doesn’t even get a citation.

May 27, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: All in conflict with paleo-liberals. The first is that the work falls in an awkward grey region between survey and targeted study. May 09, Luke cienna it it was amazing Shelves: It does make you appreciate the explosion of artistic ideas immediately prior to World War I as the classical style burned itself out.

During an unrelenting storm, the main character finds The Rosenhaus as refuge. Moreover, a rather slow and uncomfortable read. After the Dreyfus affair in France in Hertzl despaired of sievle politics of liberal assimilation and came to believe Jews could only survive and prosper in their own liberal state, a state that would have to be in the land their people left more than schogske before.

Fin De Siecle Vienna

The man who tends to the garden is symbolic of what the new modern man should be; he is appreciative of science and art, rationality and aesthetics.

A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: Jan 02, Maggie Roessler rated it liked it Recommended to Maggie by: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I visited the WW II sites and the ghettos. I have this thing for late 19th century Vienna, I mean who doesn’t? Jan 29, Manuel Durazo rated it it was amazing. And this, most fundamentally, captures the nature of my problem. Schorske subtly frames the reaction to the bourgeois style of the early Ringstrasse as a conflict between rational modernism and intuitive historicism.

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I found this an excellent selection of topics that schorskke an important era–one that produced both Hitler and Theodor Herzl, both austere functionalism and wild expressionism–in a reasonable amount of space. One can see how this approach would develop, in later decades, into what is now considered cultural history. Hence, one of the tropes of this period was the search for new self-definitions. Politics and Culture Carl E. Back cover copy A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time; a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.

I take slight issue with a Freudian interpretation of politics, but the section is nonetheless an interesting read. On the other were the holdovers fienna the collapsed liberal program, a commitment to action and moral rectitude and the ability of the mind to master matter, what Schorske sees as common to Victorian culture throughout Europe.


Rest are notes to self: But the legacy of this golden period of Viennese culture holds a high place in Austrian history. Lists with This Book.

Book ratings by Goodreads. Sep 03, Kristin rated it really liked it. The farl is a dense, though Schorske seems to cover every applicable topic – politics, art, social movements, high culture, low culture, etc. It is the sort of book one studies, perhaps, as I did, making copious notes in one’s first reading, then going back and consulting parts now and again to get a better sense of what one read some time in the past.

The Ringstrasse, Its Critics, and the Birth of Urban Modernism The Ringstrasse was a district developed in Vienna, beginning in the s, out of what were previously the city walls and surrounding earthworks. Schorske and published by Alfred A. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is quite erudite and rotund rhetorical, lots of adjectives – many of them signifying little or nothing – but I never felt I came away having been given analytical insight into any of the figures I was xe about. Chapter 3 sets the tone for the critical destruction of liberalism of which I spoke above. Sep 18, Joshua Buhs rated it it was ok Shelves: Schorske begins with his murals for various Ringstrasse buildings, done in an entirely representational, Classical style, and then discusses Klimt’s relationship with the Secession movement, in the context of his paintings for the University of Vienna and the political bienna they generated.