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Gender and Modernity in Central Europe
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At the end of the nineteenth century, Austro-Hungarian society was undergoing a significant re-evaluation of gender roles and identities. Debates on these issues revealed deep anxieties within the multi-ethnic empire that did not resolve themselves with its dissolution in 1918. Concepts of gender and modernity as defined by the Habsburg Monarchy were modified by the conservative, liberal, radical right-wing and Communist regimes that ruled the empire’s successor states in the twentieth century. While these values have taken on new dimensions again in the post-Communist period, the Habsburg Monarchy’s influence on gender and modernity in Central Europe is still palpable.

With a truly interdisciplinary approach – drawing on the fields of women’s studies, gender studies, sociology, history, literature, art, and psychoanalysis – that touches on a variety of subjects – gender roles, sexual identities, misogyny, painting, writing, minorities – this volume explores the lasting impact of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in contemporary Central Europe, which is fraught with gender conflict and tension between modernist and anti-modernist forces.

The Austro-Hungarian Empire was a fascinating multi-ethnic society. Its experience and understanding of gender and modernity provides important, relevant lessons for today’s world as it becomes increasingly intercultural and as issues of identity become more and more complex.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Constructing Gender in Vienna and Beyond
  2. pp. 15-79
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  1. Chapter 1: Ethnic and Sexual Tension in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy: A Case of Mistaken Identity in Grete Meisel-Hess’s “Zwei vergnügte Tage”
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. Chapter 2: Public Debates and Private Jokes in Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss: Effeminate Aestheticism, Virile Masculinity, or Both?
  2. pp. 29-46
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  1. Chapter 3: Modernity and Masculinity: Cycling in Hungary at the End of the 19th Century
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. Chapter 4: Czech Mates: Locating and Gendering the Competing Habsburgian Presences at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893
  2. pp. 65-79
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  1. Part II: The Impact of Viennese Modernity in Literature
  2. pp. 81-115
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  1. Chapter 5: Svevo’s Uomo Senza Qualità: Musil and Modernism in Italy
  2. pp. 83-101
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  1. Chapter 6: “Everything the Same as Here”: Misogyny in Czech Modernist Poetry at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century
  2. pp. 103-115
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  1. Part III: The Contribution of Jewish Women to Viennese Modernity
  2. pp. 117-150
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  1. Chapter 7: The Jewish Salons of Vienna
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Part IV: Early Psychoanalysis and Its Legacy
  2. pp. 151-199
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  1. Chapter 9: Woman as Theory and Theory-Makerin the Early Years of Psychoanalysis
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. Chapter 10: Metapsychological Mythopoiesis: On Sándor Ferenczi’s Theory of Sexual Difference and the Agonic Conception of Life
  2. pp. 169-183
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  1. Chapter 11: Gender, Hysteria, and War Neurosis
  2. pp. 185-199
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  1. Part V: The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Austria–Hungary
  2. pp. 201-250
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  1. Chapter 12: The Internment of Political Suspects in Austria–Hungary during the First World War: A Violent Legacy?
  2. pp. 203-218
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  1. Chapter 13: Engendering Borders: The Austro–Yugoslav Border Conflict following the First World War
  2. pp. 219-233
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  1. Chapter 14: From “Guardian Angel of Hungary” to the“Sissi Look-Alike Contest”: The Making and Remaking of the Cult of Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary
  2. pp. 235-250
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  1. Works Cited, by Chapter
  2. pp. 251-287
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 289-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-337
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