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Schnitzler's century : the making of middle-class culture, 1815-1914

Author: Peter Gay
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Schnitzler's century reassesses nineteenth-century history and traces the dramatic rise of the middle class. We have always believed that corseted Queen Victoria defined the mores of the nineteenth century. Yet cultural historian Peter Gay asserts in this work that it is the sexually emboldened Viennese playwright, Arthur Schnitzler, who provides a better symbol for the age. Challenging many sacrosanct notions about  Read more...
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Named Person: Arthur Schnitzler; Arthur Schnitzler; Arthur Schnitzler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gay
ISBN: 0393048934 9780393048933
OCLC Number: 46969935
Description: xxix, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1: Fundamentals. Bourgeoisie(s) ; Home, bittersweet home --Pt. 2: Drives and defenses. Eros: rapture and symptom ; Alibis for aggression ; Grounds for anxiety --
Pt. 3: The Victorian mind. Obituaries and revivals ; The problematic gospel of work ; Matters of taste ; A room of one's own.
Responsibility: Peter Gay.

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Schnitzler's century reassesses nineteenth-century history and traces the dramatic rise of the middle class. We have always believed that corseted Queen Victoria defined the mores of the nineteenth century. Yet cultural historian Peter Gay asserts in this work that it is the sexually emboldened Viennese playwright, Arthur Schnitzler, who provides a better symbol for the age. Challenging many sacrosanct notions about middle-class prudery and hypocrisy, he shows that in important ways, the Victorians were not Victorians. Gay chronicles the rise of modernity in countries as diverse as Germany and Italy, England and the United States, and in doing so presents a century filled with science and superstition, revolutionaries and reactionaries, and eros and anxiety--an age that made us largely what we are today.--From publisher description.

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