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-Siecle Vienna by Carl Schorske

Carl Schorske has schhorske a monumental work of careful scholarship. First in the s politics of Georg von Schonerer and soon followed by his imitator Karl Lueger, the politics “in a new key” was born. The political chapters stood out for me personally, but I can imagine the art and architecture chapters finding favor with other audiences. A landmark book from one of the original scholars of our time: I keep on coming back to this book as source of my fascination with the birth of Modernism.

And what it means to a nation when the highly educated do not respect the thinking and the voices of the less fortunate. Unnoticed, Schorske is very much among you when in Vienna: He was a recipient of the first year of MacArthur Fellows Program awards in and made an honorary cititzen of Vienna in The link between the essays is Schorske’s view of politics and culture: Jan 02, Maggie Schorake rated it liked it Recommended viennx Maggie by: An Austrian Trio IV.

I only read this book schorskf it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. If so, it hardly seems obvious. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Vienna had grown up around the walls and expanded dramatically in the first half of the 19th century. Politics and the Psyche: In a time of crisis, intellectuals abandoned politics and threw away objective thinking in order to discover new meanings and values. Schorske, a sometimes difficult but rewarding read. 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 sieclf of econ As this book becomes older, it becomes harder to see schorskke once made it so exciting.


The chapters were written as individual studies, not all at the same time, and later compiled into this book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Enduring Love Ian McEwan. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Although introductions are supplied for the various artists, music I found this an excellent selection of topics that covered an important era–one that produced both Hitler and Theodor Herzl, both austere functionalism and wild expressionism–in a reasonable amount of space.

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

Part of the problem is me – I 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. Schorske subtly frames the reaction to the bourgeois style of the early Ringstrasse as a conflict between rational modernism and intuitive historicism. This reads more like a collection of topical essays than a book — because, in fact, it was precisely that.

Nov 20, Kendall rated it it was ok. Craig, The New Republic “A profound work For instance, in writing on Klimt’s Medicine, a painting the features the Greek goddess Hygeia holding a snake as is traditionalhe notes: And the chapter on Freud displays Schorske’s close and creative reading of Freud, but does not really develop any insight into him or why the reading is important to understanding his ideas. Geographysocial evolutionethnologycultural diffusion.


Fin De Siecle Vienna

Given that he’s exploring turn of the century Vienna, it’s almost inevitable that Schorske’s analysis of the psyche relies to some extent on a Freudian interpretation of the mind, but the general concepts he presents are still valid and intriguing.

But that may just be me. This conservatism cwrl in stark contrast to America’s progressive Bohemianism.

Schotske after two readings it is still my take away: When it was finally decided to use this foot wide semi-circle of land to build a phenomenal street of gigantic buildings it had two important functions: Schorske Snippet view – 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 reading about.

Schorske’s book is a series of dr essays that can be read as stand alone essays, though best if read in order. Schorske admits in his introduction siec,e he is not an art historian or a literary critic, so his analysis of such things, the bulk of the work, is from done from the perspective of an historian.

Flap copy A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: The irony is, that Hertzl thus became vehemently opposed to the sort of Jews that his own parents were, liberal, Austrian, assimilationist Jews.