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Title: Arthur Schnitzler and his critics : a question of Jewish identity : a study of Schnitzler's critical reception in Vienna 1890-1931 as documented in his press cuttings collection
Author: Sayer, Holly.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3554 513X
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2006
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This study will focus on the journalistic critical reception of Arthur Schnitzler's works in Vienna from 1890 until his death in 1931. It is based on articles taken from Schnitzler's collection of press cuttings, which is housed at the University of Exeter. In particular it will explore the significance of the question of Jewish identity, examining how the Jewish identity of both Schnitzler and some of his critics affected the reception of Schnitzler's works throughout his lifetime. It will aim to demonstrate that the Jewish question was a consistently negative influence on Schnitzler's reception in Vienna throughout this period. Firstly, this thesis will show how Schnitzler's identity as a modem writer and his associations with das Junge Wien affected his critical reception in Vienna, and how this was exacerbated by his Jewish identity. Secondly, it will explore the extent to which Schnitzler was subjected to anti-Semitic prejudice in the right-wing press during the finde- siecle period. Thirdly, it will examine the role played by the liberal press In Schnitzler's critical reception, focusing on how Jewish critics reacted to two of Schnitzler's fictional works that dealt directly with the Jewish question. This chapter will challenge the assumption that the liberal press played a purely positive role in Schnitzler's critical reception, and will offer an alternative to the conclusions of much existing scholarship, which are often based on a simplistic dichotomy between the rightwing and the liberal press. Fourthly, it will examine Schnitzler's fictional and nonfictional response to his critical reception, as well as offering an evaluation of the relative merits of his Notes on Journalistic Criticism. The penultimate chapter will focus on Schnitzler's critical reception in the 1920s, and finally the last chapter will explore how his critics responded to the news of his death
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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