9780393048933

Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815-1914

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393048933

  • ISBN10:

    0393048934

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-11-01
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

Using Arthur Schnitzler, the sexually emboldened Viennese play-wright as his master of ceremonies, Peter Gay, in this daring, revisionist work of cultural history, reexamines the hundred-year period that began with the defeat of Napoleon and concluded with the conflagration of 1914 that brought the world to war. Provocatively renaming this period "Schnitzler's Century," Gay demands that we shed many of the misconceptions that have previously hindered our understanding of nineteenth-century life. The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, Schnitzler's Century is a defining work by one of America's greatest historians. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Peter Gay is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and, since 1997, director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Preface xix
Overture xxvii
Part I FUNDAMENTALS
Bourgeoisie(s)
3(32)
Home, Bittersweet Home
35(28)
Part II DRIVES AND DEFENSES
Eros: Rapture and Symptom
63(34)
Alibis for Aggression
97(32)
Grounds for Anxiety
129(28)
Part III THE VICTORIAN MIND
Obituaries and Revivals
157(34)
The Problematic Gospel of Work
191(30)
Matters of Taste
221(32)
A Room of One's Own
253(28)
Coda 281(10)
Notes 291(24)
Bibliography 315(2)
Acknowledgments 317(4)
Index 321

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