Journal of Austrian Studies

Journal of Austrian Studies

Edited by Anita McChesney and Peter Meilaender
Subscription includes membership in the Austrian Studies Association

ISSN 2165-669X

eISSN 2327-1809

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Subscription includes membership in the Austrian Studies Association, formerly known as the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association.

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 54 Number 4 (Winter 2021)
Special Issue: "Celebrating Austrian Thought — History and Mind in the Work of David S. Luft"
Edited By Diana Cordileone, Doug McGetchin, and Donald Wallace


From the Editors 

Introduction: Celebrating Austrian Thought 

From Robert Musil to Austrian Intellectual History
David S. Luft 

“Musil Knew Little about Hungary”: The Asymmetry in Assessing the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy
Frank Trommler 

Building the Habsburg Subject: Scholarly Historical Fictions
Katherine Arens 

Friedrich Torberg, Forum, and the Anxiety of the Cultural Critic at the (Austrian) State
Michael Burri

Science, Art, and the Myth of Failure in George Eliot’s Picture of Austria
Mason Tattersall

No One in Charge and No End in Sight: Strategizing Complexity in the European Early 20th Century
Carl Dyke 

Nadja Danglmaier, Von Klagenfurt nach Israel. Der Lebensweg von Erna Zeichner/Esther Schuldmann: Mit einem Überblick über jüdisches Leben in Kärnten vom Mittelalter bis in die Gegenwart
Jacqueline Vansant

Erica Weitzman, At the Limit of the Obscene: German Realism and the Disgrace of Matter
Alyssa Howards

Elana Shapira and Daniela Finzi, eds., Freud and the Émigré: Austrian Émigrés, Exiles and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis in Britain, 1930s-1970s
Steven Beller

Wilhelm Hemecker, Cornelius Mitterer, David Österle, eds., Das Junge Wien—Orte und Spielräume der Wiener Moderne
Monica Strauss

Vahidin Preljević and Clemens Ruthner, eds., Nähe und Distanz: Eine grundlegende Dichotomie in der österreichischen Literatur der Moderne
Raymond L. Burt

Rüdiger Görner, Kokoschka: An Untimely Modernist
Martin A. Hainz

Paul Micheal Lützeler and Markus Ender, eds., Hermann Broch und Der Brenner Edition Brenner-Forum 17
Vincent Kling

Rob McFarland, Georg Spitaler, and Ingo Zechner, eds., The Red Vienna Sourcebook
Laura A. Detre

Kaiser, Konstantin, Irene Nawrocka, Corina Prochazka, and Marianne Windsperger, eds., Lebensspuren: Autobiografik von Exil, Widerstand, Verfolgung und Lagererfahrung
Pamela S. Saur

Tim Corbett, Die Grabstätten meiner Väter: Die jüdischen Friedhöfe in Wien
Joseph W. Moser

Anna Babka, Postcolonial-Queer: Erkundungen in Theorie und Literatur
Katherine Arens

Wolfgang Straub, Hrsg., Alpensagas und Modelldörfer. Heimatbesichtigungen in Literatur und Film
Jakub Gortat

Desiree Hebenstreit, Arno Herberth, Kira Kaufmann, Dorothea Rebecca Schönsee, Laura Tezarek und Christian Zolles, Hrsg., Austrian Studies. Literaturen und Kulturen. Eine Einführung
Martin A. Hainz

Raoul Kneucker, Bürokratische Demokratie, demokratische Bürokratie: Ein Kommentar zu Struktur, Gestalt und System der Bürokratie in Europa
Katherine Arens

Wilhelm Kühlmann und Gábor Tüskés, Hrsg. in Verbindung mit Réka Lengyel und Ladislaus Ludescher, Ungarn als Gegenstand und Problem der fiktionalen Literatur (ca. 1550–2000)
István Gombocz

Submissions & Book Reviews

Send  submissions  to  the  editors  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


Anita McChesney, Texas Tech University

Peter Meilaender, Houghton College

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

Michael Burri, Bryn Mawr College

Diana Cordileone, Point Loma Nazarene University

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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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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