Gender and Modernity in Central Europe

TitleGender and Modernity in Central Europe
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSchwartz, Agatha
Number of Pages337
PublisherUniversity of Ottawa Press

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. The concepts of gender and modernity were modified by the various regimes that ruled the empire's successor states in the twentieth century and have been redefined again in the post-Communist period, but 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 t︣hat touches on 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.

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