Vienna's Dreams of Europe : Culture and Identity Beyond the Nation-State Hardback
Part of the New Directions in German Studies series
Vienna's Dreams of Europe puts forward a convincing counter-narrative to the prevailing story of Austria's place in Europe since the Enlightenment.
For a millennium, Austrian writers have used images of Europe and its hegemonic culture as their political and cultural reference points.
Yet in discussions of Europe's nation-states, Austria appears only as an afterthought, no matter that its precursor states-the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Austria Hungary-represented a globalized European cultural space outside the dominant paradigm of nationalist colonialism.
Austrian writers today confront reunited Europe in full acknowledgment of Austro-Hungary's multicultural heritage, which mixes various nationalities, ethnicities, and cultural forms, including ancestors from the Balkans and beyond. Challenging standard accounts of 18th- through 20th-century European imperial identity construction, Vienna's Dreams of Europe introduces a group of Austrian public intellectuals and authors who have since the 18th century construed their own public as European.
Working in different terms than today's theorist-critics of the hegemonic West, Katherine Arens posits a political identity resisting two hundred years of European nationalism.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 344 pages
- Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
- Publication Date: 03/12/2015
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9781441142498
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