Burgtheater and Austrian Identity: Theatre and Cultural Politics in Vienna, 1918-38

Burgtheater and Austrian Identity: Theatre and Cultural Politics in Vienna, 1918-38

by Robert Pyrah

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Burgtheater and Austrian Identity: Theatre and Cultural Politics in Vienna, 1918-38 by Robert Pyrah

The collapse of the Habsburg monarchy in 1918 galvanized discussion about national identity in the new Republic of Austria. As Robert Pyrah shows in this thoroughly documented study, the complex identity politics of interwar Austria were played out in the theatres of Vienna, which enjoyed a cultural prominence rarely matched in other countries. By 1934, productions across the city were being co-opted to serve the newly patriotic cause of the Dollfuss and Schuschnigg regimes, and the Burgtheater, once known as the first German stage, had been transformed into a national theatre for Austria. Using case studies of key productions and a wealth of previously unseen archival material, Pyrah sheds new light on artistic and ideological developments throughout the period, including the neglected earlier years. He documents previously unexplored overlaps in the cultural programmes of Left and Right, and unearths evidence that key institutions were subverted by the Right well before the suspension of parliamentary rule in 1933.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904350675
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Legenda Main Series Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Heimat in Context: The Cultural Politics of Heimat in the First Republic, 1918-1934     11
Heimat on Stage: Karl Schonherr, a Dramatist for all Regimes, 1918-1939     35
Expressionism: A Case Study, 1920s     52
Catholicism: A Benchmark for 'Austrian' Culture, 1918-1930     63
Neo-Historicism and the Rise of the Right: Representations of Austrian History on the Viennese Stage, 1929-1933     118
Theatre as Tribunal: Authoritarian Rule and the 'Austrian' Ideology, 1934-1938     178
Conclusion     230
Bibliography     233
Index     257

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