Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg by Marjorie Perloff PDF

By Marjorie Perloff

Among the intense writers and thinkers who emerged from the multicultural and multilingual international of the Austro-Hungarian Empire have been Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. For them, the trauma of worldwide battle I incorporated the unexpected lack of the geographical entity into which they'd been born: in 1918, the empire was once dissolved in a single day, leaving Austria a small, fragile republic that might final simply 20 years earlier than being annexed by means of Hitler’s 3rd Reich. during this significant reconsideration of ecu modernism, Marjorie Perloff identifies and explores the classy international that emerged from the rubble of Vienna and different former Habsburg territories—an “Austro-Modernism” that produced an incredible physique of drama, fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

Perloff explores works starting from Karl Kraus’s drama The final Days of Mankind and Elias Canetti’s memoir The Tongue Set Free to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s notebooks and Paul Celan’s lyric poetry. all through, she exhibits that Austro-Modernist literature is characterised much less by way of the formal and technical innovations of a modernism widespread to us within the paintings of  Joyce and Pound, Dada and Futurism, than by way of an intensive irony underneath a probably traditional floor, an acute feel of exile, and a sensibility extra erotic and quixotic than that of its German contemporaries. Skeptical and disappointed, Austro-Modernism prefers to invite questions instead of formulate answers.

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