This volume presents fifteen of the leading authors of the Austrian nineteenth century. A comprehensive introduction provides the historical and literary background as a context for the essays on the individual .writers. Special attention is paid to the definition of Biedermeier, to the attitudes toward women, and to the question of the autonomy of Austrian literature.
Comprises the fifth of seven planned volumes intended to present an overview of 19th- and 20th-century Austrian literature. Like the others in the set, this volume presents critical bibliographical essays on some 15 representative Austrian authors. The authors of the individual essays were asked to address the issue of how strongly their particular writer felt about his or her Austrian identity, as well as to feature the role of women in terms of the writer's own literary career and the manner in which they are portrayed in the literature. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.