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Title: Changing Faces of the Alps: Austrian Alpine art in the first half of the Twentieth Century
Author: Harding, B. L.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3531 3646
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2007
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The Austrian Alps form a vital symbolic pa,rt in Austria's defining of its national identity. In the first half of the twentieth century this geological formation underwent changing aesthetic conceptions, appropriations and exploitations. We may notice a dichotomy between holding onto an idealistic view of an Alpine idyll and embracing or acknowledging modernity SUbject to economic, political and ideological developments. This thesis follows the evolution of the country from the fin-de-siecle to the First World War and subsequently from the early inter-war years to the era of National Socialism, concluding with the end of the Second World War. In order to make sense of this process of evolution, the thesis undertakes first a cultural, historical and chronological overview of the period in question, examining political and religious beliefs, social customs and folklore as well as economic necessities. Thereafter it examines how these beliefs, customs and necessities were expressed visually by devoting independent chapters to architecture, painting, photography and film as well as including comparisons with writings, philosophical inquiries and musical compositions. This approach brings to light many common strands linking these different visual media.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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