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Author Perloff, Marjorie.

Title The Vienna paradox : a memoir / by Marjorie Perloff.

Published New York : New Directions Books, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.9 PERL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Notes "A New Directions Book"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-274) and index.
Contents Prologue: Seductive Vienna 1 -- Chapter 1 Anschluss: March 1938 33 -- Chapter 2 "German by the Grace of Goethe" 73 -- Chapter 3 Losing Everything But One's Accent: The Refugee Years 121 -- Chapter 4 Kultur, Kitsch, and Ethical Culture 163 -- Chapter 5 "To Turn into a Different Person" 203 -- Appendix Family Tree 259.
Summary The Vienna Paradox is Marjorie Perloff's memoir of growing up in pre-World War II Vienna, her escape to America in 1938 with her upper-middle-class, highly cultured, and largely assimilated Jewish family, and her self-transformation from the German-speaking Gabriele Mintz to the English-speaking Marjorie--who also happened to be the granddaughter of Richard Schüller, the Austrian foreign minister under Chancellor Dollfuss and a special delegate to the League of Nations. Compelling as the story is, this is hardly a conventional memoir. Rather, it interweaves biographical anecdote and family history with speculations on the historical development of early 20th-century Vienna as it was experienced by her parents' generation, and how the loss of their "high" culture affected the lives of these cultivated refugees in a democratic United States that was, and remains, deeply suspicious of perceived "elitism." This is, in other words, an intellectual memoir, both elegant and heartfelt, by one of America's leading critics, a narrative in which literary and philosophical reference is as central as the personal.
Subject Perloff, Marjorie.
Perloff, Marjorie -- Homes and haunts -- Austria -- Vienna.
Perloff, Marjorie -- Childhood and youth.
Perloff, Marjorie -- Family.
English teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Critics -- United States -- Biography.
Jewish refugees -- United States -- Biography.
Jewish families -- Austria -- Vienna.
Jewish families -- United States.
Austrian Americans -- Biography.
Vienna (Austria) -- Biography.
ISBN 0811215725 (acid-free paper)