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The Art of Resistance
Cultural Protest against the Austrian Far Right in the Early Twenty-First Century
224 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-046-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78920-047-8 eBook
“The Art of Resistance is a comprehensive, vigorously written treatment of a topic that transcends Austrian Studies. It is clearly the product of extensive research and an intimate familiarity with the subject matter.” • Geoffrey C. Howes, Bowling Green State University
“This study provides a meticulously researched analysis of a wide range of cultural phenomena before, during and after the protests at the turn of the millennium in Austria. An unquestionably valuable exploration of artistic production in Austria’s protest movement!” • Veronika Zangl, University of Amsterdam
Well before the far-right resurgence that has most recently transformed European politics, Austria’s 1999 parliamentary elections surprised the world with the unexpected success of the Freedom Party of Austria and its charismatic leader, Jörg Haider. The party’s perceived xenophobia, isolationism, and unabashed nationalism in turn inspired a massive protest movement that expressed opposition not only through street protests but also in novels, plays, films, and music. Through careful readings of this varied cultural output, The Art of Resistance traces the aesthetic styles and strategies deployed during this time, providing critical context for understanding modern Austrian history as well as the European protest movements of today.
Allyson Fiddler is Professor of German and Austrian Studies at Lancaster University and one of the foremost scholars on the work of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek. Her books include Rewriting Reality: An Introduction to Elfriede Jelinek (1994) and 'Other' Austrians: Post-1945 Austrian Women’s Writing (1998).
Subject: Postwar History General Cultural Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
Chapter 1. Austria Gets the ‘Blues’: Setting the Scene for Protest
Chapter 2. Performing Politics: On the Sounds, Symbols and Sites of Resistance
Chapter 3. Novel Responses: Protest in Prose
Chapter 4. Projecting Protest: Resistance on Screen
Chapter 5. Staging Resistance: Dramatic Themes and Interventions
Conclusion: The Colours of 2016 and 2017: Green, Blue … Turquoise
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