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From Empire to Republic

Peter Berger
Günter Bischof
Fritz Plasser

II. Costs of War: Social/Mental/Cultural Legacies

Consensus vs. Control: The Politics of Culture in Interwar Austria, a Reassessment (with special emphasis on literature and the theatre)

Robert Pyrah

Note de l’auteur

Parts of this article appeared in different form in my book The Burgtheater and Austrian Identity (London: Legenda, 2007). I would like to thank the publisher for his permission, and John Warren for his comments on a draft version of this article. Any errors and omissions are mine. This article was researched during a British higher education councils’-funded CEELBAS fellowship held at Oxford University, and my thanks are acknowledged.

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The non-Nazi aspects of the literary, artistic and cultural scene of interwar Austria, with an inevitable bias towards Vienna and Salzburg, have received plentiful and renewed attention in scholarship in recent years.2 Amid the various facets under scrutiny, particular comment has been reserved for the “politics” of Austrian culture.3 This is broadly defined in two ways: how literary or artistic forms either per se, or else through their institutional framing (e. g. production and dissemination), have reflected or sought actively to promote different ideological agendas during the period. Book publishing,4 cabaret and so-called “Kleinkunst” forms,5 and the theatre have all been examined,6 with more recent work emerging on dance and the cinema.7 This essay looks primarily at developments in the mainstream spoken theatre, construed as a highly public artform of especially high discursive status in interwar Austria, with a measurable institutional function through its promotion, sponso...


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