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From Friday, April 15 to Saturday, April 16, 2016, distinguished scholars from Austria, Switzerland, Yale and the U.S. present papers to reassess the works of Stefan Zweig and his contemporaries at the conference "Austrian Modernism and the Habsburg Myth", organized in collaboration of Yale's Beinecke Library, the Yale German Department, and the Stefan Zweig Centre of Salzburg.


Friday, April 15, 2016

3:00 – W. L. Harkness Hall 207
Welcoming Address: Kirk Wetters (Yale)
Introduction: Klemens Renoldner (Stefan Zweig Centre Salzburg)

PANEL I:  „Austria“ Circa 1918: Myths and Concepts, Cultural and Political
Werner Michler (Salzburg): Austria, A World of its Own – Literary Models from the Totalizing to the Fragmentary Clemens Peck (Salzburg): Utopian Habsburg Around 1900 (from Chicago to Jerusalem).
Konstanze Fliedl (Vienna): The Impressionist in Ourselves: Myths of the Fin de Siècle
Moderator: Marci Shore (Yale)

5:30-6:00 coffee break

6:00-7:30 Keynote
Scott Spector (U of Michigan): Elsewhere in Austria: Jewish Writing Between “Habsburg Myth” and “Central Europe Effect”

Saturday, April 16, 2016

9:00 – W.L. Harkness Hall (WLH) 309
Introduction: Rüdiger Campe (Yale)

PANEL II:  Two Case Studies in Vienna Modernism: Stefan Zweig, Hermann Broch
Paul Reitter (Ohio State): On Hatred of Zweig
Kirk Wetters (Yale):  “Fateful Hours”: Stefan Zweig’s Demonic Histories
Florian Fuchs (Yale): Past Everyday: Broch’s and Zweig’s Novellas after the Novel
Norbert Christian Wolf (Salzburg):  Nekrolog auf eine Kultur aus dem Geist des Exils: Hermann Brochs Hofmannsthal-Essay
Moderator: Katie Trumpener (Yale)

1:00-2:00 Presentation of Beinecke Holdings (at Sterling Memorial Library)

2:00-4:00 pm
PANEL III: Satire or Joke, Kraus or Freud: The Conflict of Culture in Modernism
Yotam Hotam (Yale): Taking a Shortcut Through the Law: The Joke and its Relationship to Freud
Anna Souchuk (DePaul):  Trench Rats: Debora Sengl’s Re-Imaginings of The Last Days of Mankind
Karl Wagner (Zürich):  „Requiem for Habsburg“: Satirical Negotiations Around 1918 (Karl Kraus, Alfred Polgar, Joseph Roth)
Moderator: Paul North (Yale)

More information can be found here.

Yale University
W. L. Harkness Hall & Sterling Memorial Library
New Haven, CT 06520