Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Texas Press
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Preface and Acknowledgments
During the course of my research and writing on Jewish women in fin de si
In fin de siècle Vienna, Jewish women figured prominently as heroines and victims in Jewish tales of the ghetto and as subjects of Freud’s most famous case studies of hysteria. They attended the University of Vienna when it opened its doors to women, built new and progressive schools, organized more than a dozen charity societies, and joined po-...
1. Childhood and Youth of Jewish Girls
In her memoirs, the Viennese Jewish socialist, sociologist, and advocate for working women, Käthe Leichter (Marianne Katharina Pick) (1895–1942), recalled that her appearance—lanky, with long blond braids and gray eyes in a rosy-cheeked, boyish face—helped her, but that she did more than necessary in order to fit in. ...
2. Community, Spirituality, and Philanthropy
Recent historical works on Jewish women have argued that in Western Europe, women held on to Jewish religious practices in the home long after most Jewish men had abandoned traditional Jewish culture.1 In Eastern Europe, on the other hand, where assimilation did not threaten Jewish group survival, women remained ethnically Jew-...
3. University and Political Involvement
Viennese Jewish women who entered the University as well as those who entered politics differed from those who looked to the community and spirituality as the means to negotiate their way into modernity. However, both groups clearly shared a tendency to combine modern and traditional values and to attract attention and sometimes criti-...
4. Women and the Zionist Movement
In an address before the Women’s Zionist Association in Vienna in 1901 (Wiener Zionistische Frauenverein) Theodor Herzl (1860–1904), the founder of political Zionism, declared that women had not contributed significantly to the Zionist cause.1 He began the speech (which he described in his diary as “a rather absent-minded lecture”)2...
5. Medicine and Psychoanalysis
Writing about the sexual development of girls in 1923, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), the father of psychoanalysis, asserted that “unfortunately we can describe this state of things [the development of sexuality] only as it affects the male child; the corresponding processes in the little girl are not known to us.”1 ...
6. Literature and Culture
The flourishing of Viennese culture at the turn of the century has been the subject of many works, and the Jews’ role in this phenomenon has commanded a great deal of attention as well.1 Despite the extensive treatment of these topics, the role of the Jewish woman in Viennese culture has not been adequately addressed. ...
Since the publication of Carl Schorske’s Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture, historians have discussed and debated his thesis and have focused on his analysis of liberalism, the relationship of politics and culture, and his understanding of modern culture, for which the culture of fin de siècle Vienna is seen as paradigmatic.1 ...
Page Count: 328
Illustrations: 15 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Jewish Life, History, and Culture
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