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Jews and Popular Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
Translated from the German by Corey Twitchell
Full Text Made available under a CC BY 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched
194 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-030-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2019)
“This is an excellent book, based on fascinating primary sources, and set within a sophisticated scholarly and theoretical frame. Klaus Hödl has for many years been one of the most dedicated and interesting scholars in the field of Austrian Jewish studies, and this book shows the fruits of his efforts.” • Steven Beller, author of The Habsburg Monarchy 1815–1918
Viennese popular culture at the turn of the twentieth century was the product of the city’s Jewish and non-Jewish residents alike. While these two communities interacted in a variety of ways to their mutual benefit, Jewish culture was also inevitably shaped by the city’s persistent bouts of antisemitism. This fascinating study explores how Jewish artists, performers, and impresarios reacted to prejudice, showing how they articulated identity through performative engagement rather than anchoring it in origin and descent. In this way, they attempted to transcend a racialized identity even as they indelibly inscribed their Jewish existence into the cultural history of the era.
Klaus Hödl is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Graz, Austria. His publications include Kultur und Gedächtnis (2012) and Wiener Juden – jüdische Wiener: Identität, Gedächtnis und Performanz im 19. Jahrhundert (2006).
Subject: Jewish Studies 20th Century History General Cultural Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
Entangled Entertainers by Klaus Hödl is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched
OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-031-7
Chapter 1. Jews in Viennese Popular Culture Around 1900 as Research Topic
Chapter 2. Jewish Volkssänger and Musical Performers in Vienna Around 1900
Chapter 3. Jewishness and the Viennese Volkssänger
Chapter 4. Jewish Spaces of Retreat at the Turn of the 20th Century
Chapter 5. From Difference to Similarity
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