Richard Beer-Hofmann und die Wiener Moderne
[Richard Beer-Hofmann and Modern Viennese Literature.]
Series:Conditio Judaica 6
Aims and Scope
This ist he first major monograph on Richard Beer-Hofmann (1866-1945), the most significant representative of the early 20th century Viennese literature alongside Hofmannsthal and Schnitzler. Its three parts provide 1) an overall discussion of Beer-Hofmann's work; 2) an in-depth interpretation of his novel »Der Tod Georgs« and 3) a discussion of the links between this novel and philosophical discourse around the turn of the century (language scepticism, critical empiricism, monism, Gestalt psychology, interpretation of dreams, theories of myth), also tracing for the first time the literary connections between Beer-Hofmann and other prominent authors of the epoch (Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Andrian, Bahr, George, Rilke, Borchardt). Central to Beer-Hofmann's literary identity is his demonstrative and affirmative declaration of his Jewishness from the late 1890s onwards.