Modernism and the cultural press in fin-de-siècle Vienna, 1890-1910
- This dissertation examines cultural journalism in Vienna from 1890 to 1910. It shows how, beyond aesthetic and philosophical developments of its cultural elite, fin-de-siècle Vienna was also an important moment of transformation and modernization in the world of the press. This alternate "modernist moment" within Vienna elicited among fin-de-siècle cultural commentators a growing narrative of journalistic decline, which assigned the press a pivotal role in the impending crisis of modernity. It also encouraged a wide range of stylistic innovation within the field of cultural journalism, in compliment to experimentation within emerging literary modernisms, visible across the genres of review, correspondence, reportage, and satire. The following study explores these dual aspects of press evaluation and stylistic innovation through a series of narratives that chart the varying thematic and stylistic responses of four prominent Austrian journalists, Hermann Bahr, Max Nordau, Max Winter, and Karl Kraus, to modernist challenges and changes brought by, and reflected in, the Viennese press. Within the context of each journalist's career and oeuvre, the respective chapters also discuss the various Viennese publications, with which they were most closely associated, including Die Neue Freie Presse, Moderne Dichtung, Die Deutsche Zeitung, Die Arbeiter-Zeitung, and Die Fackel. Through this spectrum of journalists, publications, and emerging journalistic genres, this dissertation views the fin-de-siècle media landscape as a potential alternative topography of Viennese modernism's aesthetics and ideologies. By focusing on the thematic tendencies and stylistic strategies of these four popular journalists, it addresses both the aesthetic and ideological implications of fin-de-siècle journalism, and gauges to what extent modernist agendas and ideologies influence the style, analysis, and reception of the emerging mass press.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|McQueen, Kathryn Joy
|Stanford University, Department of German Studies.
|Berman, Russell A, 1950-
|Berman, Russell A, 1950-
|Statement of responsibility
|Kathryn J. McQueen.
|Submitted to the Department of German Studies.
|Ph. D. Stanford University 2011
- © 2011 by Kathryn Joy McQueen
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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