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Abstract

While Arthur Schnitzler was a regular fixture on the Dutch stage as of the early 1900s, he came onto the Belgian stage relatively late. Although written about in Francophone Belgium already in the early 20th century, his plays were hardly ever produced for Francophone audiences before 1925. The situation in Flanders is remarkably different, where select Schnitzler titles contributed substantially to the renewal and emancipatory movement of professional Dutch-language theatre in Belgium. In this chapter, I hope to demonstrate that Schnitzler’s particular form of modernity — his thematic concerns and dialogic dramaturgy—appealed to Flemish theatre makers in their search for a more emancipated voice, though by 1930 their novelty had worn off. Schnitzler’s theatre was also situated within the ideological tensions between Catholic and non-Catholic cultural discourse in Flanders. In all this, it is remarkable that Reigen, his succès de scandale, was not at all staged in Belgium during this period; and there is little doubt that Liebelei became the most often-produced Austrian play in Belgium between 1917 and 1930.

In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
This co-edited volume offers new insights into the complex relations between Brussels and Vienna in the turn-of-the-century period (1880-1930). Through archival research and critical methods of cultural transfer as a network, it contributes to the study of Modernism in all its complexity.
Seventeen chapters analyse the interconnections between new developments in literature (Verhaeren, Musil, Zweig), drama (Maeterlinck, Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal), visual arts (Minne, Khnopff, Masereel, Child Art), architecture (Hoffmann, Van de Velde), music (Schönberg, Ysaÿe, Kreisler, Kolisch), as well as psychoanalysis (Varendonck, Anna Freud) and café culture. Austrian and Belgian artists played a crucial role within the complex, rich, and conflictual international networks of people, practices, institutions, and metropoles in an era of political, social and technological change and intense internationalization.

Contributors: Sylvie Arlaud, Norbert Bachleitner, Anke Bosse, Megan Brandow-Faller, Alexander Carpenter, Piet Defraeye, Clément Dessy, Aniel Guxholli, Birgit Lang, Helga Mitterbauer, Chris Reyns-Chikuma, Silvia Ritz, Hubert Roland, Inga Rossi-Schrimpf, Sigurd Paul Scheichl, Guillaume Tardif, Hans Vandevoorde.
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna
In: Brussels 1900 Vienna