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    The mad objects of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: journeys, contexts and dislocations in the exhibition “Madness and Modernity”

    Topp, Leslie (2012) The mad objects of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: journeys, contexts and dislocations in the exhibition “Madness and Modernity”. In: Blackshaw, G. and Wieber, S. (eds.) Journeys Into Madness:Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austrian and Habsburg Studies 14. Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books, pp. 10-26. ISBN 9780857454584.

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    Abstract

    At the turn of the century, Sigmund Freud’s investigation of the mind represented a particular journey into mental illness, but it was not the only exploration of this ‘territory’ in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Sanatoriums were the new tourism destinations, psychiatrists were collecting art works produced by patients and writers were developing innovative literary techniques to convey a character’s interior life. This collection of essays uses the framework of journeys in order to highlight the diverse artistic, cultural and medical responses to a peculiarly Viennese anxiety about the madness of modern times. The travellers of these journeys vary from patients to doctors, artists to writers, architects to composers and royalty to tourists; in engaging with their histories, the contributors reveal the different ways in which madness was experienced and represented in ‘Vienna 1900’.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centre: Architecture Space and Society Centre
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 15:27
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 14:59
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6237

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