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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Hence, one of the tropes of this period was the search for new self-definitions. I wish though that he’d offered more of a connection to schorxke chapters – particularly as his original thesis is that all these developments in politics, art, and architecture were interrelated. Schorske doesn’t strive for completeness, but still his neglect of Gustav Mahler – on whom he wrote elsewhere – and Egon Schiele – whom he never mentions – is a bit unfortunate.

But because the book originated as a series of studies, it never coheres, and the parallels are either suggestive or vague, which can be frustrating.

Fin-de-Siecle Vienna by Carl Schorske

Of course this book is about the turn of the century and the early years of the 20th. Not for the beach. Return to Book Page. Bob Corbett corbetre webster. Schorske Limited scjorske – May 28, Laila Krause rated it it was amazing.

Fin De Siecle Vienna

May 27, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: Politics and Culture Carl E. Politics in a New Key: I first read it in the mid and made copious notes that time. Moderately interesting Enough information to warrant reading, but not so much as to be wonderful. Review quote “Not only is it a splendid exploration of several sievle of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator vlenna how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen.


Chapter 2 turns to importance of schorsje creation of Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse and how that shaped this entire problematic. Books by Carl E. Then I returned to it in and re-read parts of it. Unlike Jacobs, however, Sitte’s critique was rooted in an artistic and historic ideology, rather than one based on personal experience with modernist planning. Fin De Siecle Vienna.

They believed that the notions of objective meanings were misconceived and that the “modern” person must leave the moral systems of the past and create new meaning systems for the future. Looking for beautiful books? The tendency of this class was to be quite liberal and to catl they could survive and prosper by assimilation including giving up the Jewish religion for Catholicism and becoming more German than the Germans.

Sitte had a literally pedestrian critique of the Ringstrasse; he would have preferred a district designed to resemble the ancient street grid of the city center, one more pedestrian-oriented than movement-oriented, resembling Jane Jacob’s critiques of modernist planning several decades later. Schorske discusses the influence of Classical Liberalism on the early form of the buildings in the district, and the reactions by Camillo Sitte and Otto Wagner.

Politics and Patricide in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams Schorske works through Freud’s dreams, as detailed in his eponymous interpretation thereof, to suggest that Freud viewed politics as ultimately the conflict between father and son, and that repressed sexual force mirrors the repressed force of a revolutionary cxrl. I found this book quite off-putting, and though the author is enormously learned, I feel the book is somewhat overrated.


I don’t yet know what to make of this book, except that I loved it. Schorske offers something for everybody: They struggled with the question of what does or can life mean in the face of the collapse of the entire social order which had organized and guided life in Habsburg Austria for centuries. Maybe if I read some more background material I will come back to this again but doubt that will happen. I take slight issue with a Freudian interpretation of politics, but the section is nonetheless an interesting read.

Schoske February 1st by Vintage first published Complete list — — — On the other hand, nice finish with Arnold Schoenberg freeing music from the oppressive hierarchy of diatonic scale by introducing democracy of tonalities. In a time of crisis, intellectuals abandoned politics and threw away objective thinking in order to discover new meanings and values.

Partly reconstructed from Schorske’s articles published in the American Historical Reviewthe book is structured into seven thematically interlocking chapters.

I saw through their eyes, I give you a bow Carl for giving me the opportunity to read such a tremendously captivating book. The chapters on literature dealt with authors unfamiliar to me except as names and did not particu Seven essays about the birth of Modernism in Vienna.

And the rise of nationalist populism. Jan 02, Jon rated it really liked it.