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FYSP 154: Freud’s Vienna: Artists, Intellectuals, and Anti-Semites at the Fin de Siecle: In Class Exercises

Background Sources 1

Read the following excerpt (pp. 76-77) from "Women's Writing at the Turn of the Centuries" in Literature in Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries, and consider how reading it early in a search process will help you prepare for further research on Rosa Mayreder. 

"By the fin de siecle women journalists and critics had moved into the cultural forefront, Adelheide Popp (1869-1939), the editor of the Arbeiter-innenzeitung (1892), the women's paper of the Social Democratic Party, for example. Together Rosa Mayreder (1858-1938), Auguste Fickert (1855-1910), and Marie Lang (1855-1934) founded the journal Dokumente der Frauen (1899) as a forum for women's concerns. Mayreder, who examined the concept of femininity and decried the culturally and economically marginal position of women in her essays Kritik der Weiblichkeit (1905, translated as A Survey of the Woman Problem) and her critical response to Otto Weininger, Gerschlecht und Kultur (1923, Sex and Culture), belonged to the radical wing of the feminist movement and was a member of the Erster Allegemeiner Osterreichischer Frauenverein. After the first world war she took an active part in the Peace Movement. Also her friend Bertha Zuckerkandl Szeps (1863-1945), a maverick who wrote about architecture, the arts, and international affairs as well as society gossip, was a well-known journalist. Another high profile journalist and photographer was Alice Schalek (ps. Paul Michaely, 1874-1956). Best-known and satirized by Karl Kraus in the vast drama for her activities as a war reporter during the First World War, her works include travel literature and novels."

Background Sources 2

Suppose that you are interested in writing about female scientists working in Vienna whose work would have been in conversation with Freud's theories, but you don't know who such scientists would have been. Explore the background sources tab on this research guide, and look specifically for a source that would help you identify these women. 

Book Reviews

Read this review of the book After Mahler: Britten, Weill, Henze, and Romantic Redemption from Notes and consider the following questions: 

  • In what ways could this book review inform a project looking at Mahler's relationship to the Romantic movement? 
  • Briefly summarize a debate among scholars that this book review highlights. 
  • What weaknesses does the book review author identify in the book?