Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Harvard Extension School, HUMA E-100)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2011

The course explores literature, art, and architecture in Vienna around 1900. We focus on themes such as language, psychoanalysis, sexuality, and identity. Readings include Hofmannsthal (Chandos, Electra), Musil, Schnitzler (Round Dance, Gustl); artists include Klimt, Schiele; architecture of the "Ringstrasse" and Adolf Loos. Finally, we examine Strauss's opera Electra and Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.