British culture features prominently in the works of Stefan Zweig. In his historical novels, essays, librettos, letters and poems the British scene provides a not merely a backdrop but an integral thematic feature which needs to be comprehensively explored. Zweig’s exile in Britain but also the aftermath of his work in the English language, made possible by congenial translations, should be examined in this context, too.
This will be the first major Stefan Zweig conference since 1981 and it is hoped that this landmark event with contributions from major Zweig-scholars and cultural institutions will match what can be called a world-wide Stefan Zweig Renaissance and generate even more public interest and academic research. Organised by Rüdiger Görner (Queen Mary, University of London) and Klemens Renolder (Stefan Zweig Centre, Universität Salzburg).
Particular attention will be paid to the extensive Stefan Zweig Collection in the British Library, which will include an exhibition and musical events. It is hoped that this conference will contribute to a re-assessment of Zweig’s works that are related to British culture and his legacy in the English-speaking world. To make this point of sustaining this legacy more directly, a concluding panel will look at Zweig from the perspective of research students, who look at Zweig in a global context.
Events will take place at the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre, the Austrian Ambassador's Residence and the British Library.
To download the programm and to register go to http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops/stefan-zweig-and-britain.html