Symptoms of Modernity
Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna
By (author) Matti Bunzl
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Symptoms of Modernity by Matti Bunzl
Book DescriptionIn the 1990s, Vienna's Jews and queers abandoned their clandestine existence and emerged into the city's public sphere in unprecedented numbers. "Symptoms of Modernity" traces this development in the context of Central European history. Jews and homosexuals are signposts of an exclusionary process of nation-building. Cast in their modern roles in the late nineteenth century, they functioned as Others, allowing a national community to imagine itself as a site of ethnic and sexual purity.In Matti Bunzl's incisive historical and cultural analysis, the Holocaust appears as the catastrophic culmination of this violent project, an attempt to eradicate modernity's abject by-products from the body politic. As "Symptoms of Modernity" shows, though World War II brought an end to the genocidal persecution, the nation's exclusionary logic persisted, accounting for the ongoing marginalization of Jews and homosexuals. Not until the 1970s did individual Jews and queers begin to challenge the hegemonic subordination--a resistance that, by the 1990s, was joined by the state's attempts to ensure and affirm the continued presence of Jews and queers. "Symptoms of Modernity" gives an account of this radical cultural reversal, linking it to geopolitical transformations and to the supersession of the European nation-state by a postmodern polity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520238435
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Matti Bunzl
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Pathbreaking studies of the postsocialist transition
Anti-semitism and Islamophobia, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by Matti Bunzl
The apparent resurgence of hostility toward Jews has been a theme in discussions of Europe; at the same time, adversities faced by continent's Muslim population have received increasing attention. This book offers a historical and cultural clarification of key terms in these problems.
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Author Biography - Matti Bunzl
Matti Bunzl is Associate Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also directs the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
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