Journal of Austrian Studies

Journal of Austrian Studies

Edited by Todd Herzog and Hillary Hope Herzog

ISSN 2165-669X

eISSN 2327-1809

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The Journal of Austrian Studies is an interdisciplinary quarterly that publishes scholarly articles and book reviews on all aspects of the history and culture of Austria, Austro-Hungary, and the Habsburg territory. It is the flagship publication of the Austrian Studies Association and contains contributions in German and English from the world's premiere scholars in the field of Austrian studies. The journal highlights scholarly work that draws on innovative methodologies and new ways of viewing Austrian history and culture. Although the journal was renamed in 2012 to reflect the increasing scope and diversity of its scholarship, it has a long lineage dating back over a half century as Modern Austrian Literature and, prior to that, The Journal of the International Arthur Schnitzler Research Association.

Table Of Contents

Volume 53, Number 1 (Spring 2020)


Writing through Crisis: Two Diaries from the Second World War in Carinthia
Douglas Carlton McKnight

Ein Narrativ für die EU: Zu Robert Menasses Roman Die Hauptstadt
Ewout van der Knaap

Die Rezeptionsästhetik der Resignation: On Difficulty in Hermann Broch’s Der Tod des Vergil
Jacob A. van der Kolk

Role Reversal in Prague—Shabbos Goy in the Mirror: E. E. Kisch’s “Jack Oplatka’s Mass”
Terrence O’Keeffe


Clemens Ruthner, Habsburgs “Dark Continent”: Postkoloniale Lektüren zur österreichischen Literatur und Kultur im langen 19. Jahrhundert
Katherine Arens

Hans-Harald Müller, ed., Otmar Schissel von Fleschenberg—Bernhard Seuffert: Ein ungewöhnlicher Gelehrtenbriefwechsel aus der Germanistik am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts
Peter C. Meilaender

Elana Shapira, ed., Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture, and Viennese Modernism/Design Dialog: Juden, Kultur, und Wiener Moderne
Samuel J. Kessler

Michael Woll, Hofmannsthals Der Schwierige und seine Interpreten
Vincent Kling

Costas Despiniadis, The Anatomist of Power: Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority
Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

Kata Gellen, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism
Ted Dawson

Marcel Krings, Franz Kafka: Beschreibung eines Kampfes und Betrachtung: Frühwerk–Freiheit–Literatur
Adam J. Toth

Jason Crouthamel, Michael Geheran, Tim Grady, Julia Barbara Köhne, eds., Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion: Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe
Judith Szapor

Amanda Baghdassarians, Franz Werfels andere Moderne: Musikästhetische und kunstsoziologische Konzepte in Franz Werfels Roman “Verdi. Roman der Oper
Steven R. Cerf

Arturo Larcati and Klemens Renolder, eds., “Am liebsten wäre mir Rom!”: Stefan Zweig und Italien
Cynthia A. Klima

Frank-Peter Hansen, Die Wittgenstein-Dekomposition 2
Martin A. Hainz

Jacqueline Vansant, Austria Made in Hollywood
Laura A. Detre

Klaus Christian Vögl, Angeschlossen und gleichgeschaltet: Kino in Österreich 1938–1945
Joseph W. Moser

Marc Landry and Patrick Kupper, eds., Austrian Environmental History
Cynthia A. Klima

Friederike Mayröcker, Scardanelli
Pamela S. Saur

Submissions & Book Reviews

Send  submissions  to  the  editor  at  journalofaustrianstudies@gmail com.  Original  manuscripts in English or German not submitted or published elsewhere are welcome. Send manuscripts as a Microsoft Word .doc file or as a Rich Text File (.rtf ). Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages including notes and must conform to the current MLA style and the Modern Austrian Literature stylesheet. For more on submissions visit Book and film reviews are assigned; unsolicited reviews are not accepted. Potential reviewers should write to the book review editor at

Editorial Board

Hillary Hope Herzog, University of Kentucky

Todd Herzog, University of Cincinnati

Book Review Editor
Joseph W. Moser, West Chester University

Editorial Board
Katherine Arens, University of Texas at Austin

Thomas Ballhausen, Film Archiv Austria

Steven Beller, Independent Scholar, Washington DC

Dieter Binder, Universität Graz

Robert Dassanowsky, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Daniel Gilfillan, Arizona State University

Christina Guenther, Bowling Green State University

Susanne Hochreiter, Univesität Wien

Vincent Kling, LaSalle University

Martin Liebscher, University College London

Dagmar Lorenz, University of Illinois at Chicago

David Luft, Oregon State University

Imke Meyer, University of Illinois at Chicago

Oliver Speck, Virginia Commonwealth University

Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois at Chicago

Janet Stewart, University of Aberdeen

Gregor Thuswaldner, North Park University  


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Featured Articles

New and Notable from Journal of Austrian Studies

"Blicke aus Mitteleuropa: Zu neueren Texten von Christoph Ransmayr und Martin Pollack." (Vol. 52, Nos. 1–2, 2019)

"Quoting the Language of Nature in Karl Kraus's Satires"
"Museums and Museality: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Vienna's Ringstrasse" (Vol. 51, No. 2, 2018)
"On Display: Conditions of Critique in Austria" (Vol. 46, No. 1, 2013)
Literary Awards and the Practice of Aesthetic Judgment:Lessons of the Ingeborg Bachmann Preis (Vol. 45, No. 3-4, 2012)
"Intertextuality as Power: Rosa Mayreder's Response to Goethe's Faust and the Cult of Male Genius" (Vol. 51, No. 2, 2018)

Sponsoring Society

The Journal of Austrian Studies is the official journal of the Austrian Studies Association. Subscribers are automatically members of the association.

The Austrian Studies Association (formerly the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association, MALCA) continues traditions started in 1961, as the only North American association devoted to scholarship on all aspects of Austrian, Austro-Hungarian, and Habsburg territory cultural life and history from the eighteenth century until today.

The Association publishes a quarterly scholarly journal, the Journal of Austrian Studies; the Association holds an annual spring conference, organized around a year's theme. Its other activities include organizing scholarly panels for the annual conventions of the Modern Language Association and at other national and international conferences. Current news and resources of interest are included on this website and distributed through its list-serv and on its Facebook page.

Anyone interested in modern Austrian studies, broadly defined, is encouraged to become a member and support the Association's work.

The ASA originated in a referendum held in early 2011, when the Association's membership voted to change the Association's name and to retitle its journal as the Journal of Austrian Studies. These changes acknowledge what has long been the Association's identity: an interdisciplinary organization that welcomes all eras and disciplines of Austrian studies at its conferences and in its journal, including scholarship on the cultures of Austria's earlier political forms (the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Austria-Hungary) and scholarship that acknowledges this region's historical multiethnic, multilingual, and transcultural identities and their legacies in the present.

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