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Vienna Is Different Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin-de-SiAcle to the Present by Hillary Hope Herzog

Vienna Is Different Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin-de-SiAcle to the Present

Part of the Austrian and Habsburg Studies Series


Vienna Is Different Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin-de-SiAcle to the Present by Hillary Hope Herzog

Assessing the impact of fin-de-siecle Jewish culture on subsequent developments in literature and culture, this book is the first to consider the historical trajectory of Austrian-Jewish writing across the 20th century. It examines how Vienna, the city that stood at the center of Jewish life in the Austrian Empire and later the Austrian nation, assumed a special significance in the imaginations of Jewish writers as a space and an idea. The author focuses on the special relationship between Austrian-Jewish writers and the city to reveal a century-long pattern of living in tension with the city, experiencing simultaneously acceptance and exclusion, feeling unheimlich heimisch (eerily at home) in Vienna.


In tracing a tradition of Jewish writing in Vienna from the fin de siecle to the present, Herzog's book forms an important contribution to our understanding of Austrian literature and culture of the twentieth century. By focusing her analyses on the ways in which these writers conceptualized their identities as Jews, Herzog illuminates the complicated, yet continually changing relationships between Jewish writers and the city of Vienna.

* H-Judaic

- meticulously researched and clearly presented - Each chapter begins with a brief, well-informed overview of the period and the experiences of Jews in Austria during that time - This informative work successfully probes the engagement of an impressive range of writers with both their own self-identifications and Vienna. Sensitive and nuanced, it will serve scholars and others as the go-to guide for exploring issues of Jewishness in Austrian literature.

* Habsburg, H-Net Reviews

This thoroughly researched, lucid book offers a broad, insightful discussion of a complex subject. Steven is Herzog's immediate scholarly predecessor, yet Herzog goes beyond the excellent work of her predecessors - Her choices of the writings to discuss are thoughtful and sometimes unexpected - Posing challenging questions while keeping the city always in view, Herzog concludes that though this rich tapestry of artists and viewpoints is irreducible, there are similarities and verities to reveal. This is the book's unique contribution. Highly recommended.

* Choice

[A]n impressive account of the origins and development of what is now a tradition of Jewish writers in Vienna. The author does a very good job of presenting the very large subject she has taken on and of putting the turn-of-the-century writers within a chronological context that brings out how a 'tradition
of Jewish writers in Vienna has developed over the last century

- This is an impressive contribution, with a welcome approach.

* Steven Beller, Washington D.C.

[A]n important, extremely well constructed and original inquiry and a major contribution to scholarship on Jewish writing and its authors
literary reactions to the Austrian capital

... In a systematic approach and within the proper historical context Herzog uncovers the panorama of Jewish-Austrian writing with Vienna as its focus - Comprehensive and thorough, it conveys a wealth of information on individual authors, their time, and the changing cultural environment.

* Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, University of Illinois at Chicago

About the Author

Hillary Hope Herzog is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Kentucky, where she works in twentieth-century German literature, Austrian Studies, and the field of medicine and literature. She is co-editor of Rebirth of a Culture: Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today (with Todd Herzog and Benjamin Lapp, Berghahn 2008).

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Publication date

8th July 2013


Hillary Hope Herzog

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Berghahn Books


298 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -

European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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