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A Kingdom Not of This World: Wagner, the Arts, and Utopian Visions in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna

Kevin C. Karnes


This book challenges prevalent understandings of elite artistic culture in fin-de-siècle Vienna by examining creative manifestations of utopian imaginings that ran counter and parallel to the cultural pessimism widely diagnosed in that society. It argues that the music and writings of Richard Wagner played a key role in inspiring such imagining, which either embraced and extended Wagner's own visions or countered them with visions that were wholly new. While some members of the Vienna Secession group of artists looked to Wagner's theory of the Gesamtkunstwerk as a model for social transformati ... More

Keywords: Berg, Brod, Gesamtkunstwerk, Klimt, Klinger, Nietzsche, utopia, Schoenberg, Vienna Secession, Wagner, Zemlinsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199957927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199957927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin C. Karnes, author
Emory University