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Tropics of Vienna

Colonial Utopias of the Habsburg Empire

Ulrich E. Bach

152 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-132-9 $80.00/£57.00 Hb Published (May 2016)

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“This is a clearly written, tightly focused, and well-argued study that takes on a topic of broad interest and offers a fresh perspective on the role of colonialism in the Austrian imagination. Ulrich E. Bach makes good use of existing scholarship and adds considerably to previous studies on the topic.” · Hillary Hope Herzog, University of Kentucky

The Austrian Empire was not a colonial power in the sense that fellow actors like 19th-century England and France were. It nevertheless oversaw a multinational federation where the capital of Vienna was unmistakably linked with its eastern periphery in a quasi-colonial arrangement that inevitably shaped the cultural and intellectual life of the Habsburg Empire. This was particularly evident in the era’s colonial utopian writing, and Tropics of Vienna blends literary criticism, cultural theory, and historical analysis to illuminate this curious genre. By analyzing the works of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Theodor Herzl, Joseph Roth, and other representative Austrian writers, it reveals a shared longing for alternative social and spatial configurations beyond the concept of the “nation-state” prevalent at the time.

Ulrich E. Bach is an Associate Professor of German at Texas State University. He received his doctorate from UCLA. His work has appeared in publications such as German Quarterly, Utopian Studies, and Film and History.

Series: Volume 19, Austrian and Habsburg Studies
Subject: General Cultural Studies 18th/19th Century History 20th Century History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

LC: PT3828.V5 B327 2016

BISAC: LIT004110 LITERARY CRITICISM/European/Eastern; HIS040000 HISTORY/Europe/Austria & Hungary; HIS037060 HISTORY/Modern/19th Century

BIC: DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism




Chapter 1. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch: Utopian Periphery
Chapter 2. Lazar von Hellenbach: Utopia or Theosophy
Chapter 3. Theodor Hertzka: Seeking Emptiness
Chapter 4. Theodor Herzl: Vienna in Palestine
Chapter 5. Robert Mueller: Anti-Exoticism and Joseph Roth: Finis Austriae


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