Culture and Catastrophe: Vienna on the Eve of the First World War

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Culture and Catastrophe: Vienna on the Eve of the First World War

  • Tue 24 Jun 2014
  • 6:00PM

NEW DATE: 24 June 2014.

The ACF London will present a variety of events to mark the centenary of the start of WWI. Internationally acclaimed Karl Kraus expert Professor Edward Timms will give the first talk which the Goethe Institute London has kindly offered to host.

This lecture highlights what is most impressive about the culture of late Habsburg Vienna, as well as what was most problematic about its politics. Rather than simply listing great names and original achievements, it focuses on structural transformations of the public sphere, including the introduction of universal manhood suffrage, the empowered marginality of Jewish migrants and the pioneering achievements of women. Drawing on a new translation of Karl Kraus’s documentary drama, The Last Days of Mankind, it also addresses the question of responsibility for the outbreak of the Great War.

Edward Timms is currently working on a new translation of Kraus’ work together with Fred Bridgham (University of Leeds). The evening will conclude with a reading from this work.

Please book via the ACF London

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Goethe Institut, London

50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road
London SW7 2PH


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