Ödön von Horváth. Fifty Years On

Horváth Symposium, London 1988
Edited by Alan Bance and Ian Huish
1 January 1989
Paperback: 978-0-85457-144-4

The contents of this volume comprise the papers delivered at the second London Horváth symposium, held in 1988 under the auspices of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Austrian Institute. At a time when Horváth studies were thriving, one of the objects of the symposium was to reflect their current stage of combining and diversifying. A number of the essays explore this topic, others reflect the turn towards his later work noticeable in the 1980s, but at the same time there is a perceptible turning back in the examination of new approaches to the 'Volksstück'. The topic of Horváth's relationship to his times continues to fascinate, and the volume examines the enigma of a man who, in Christopher Hampton's words, knew everyone but is always portrayed as a 'listener'.

Table of contents: 
Alan Bance and Ian Huish: Preface
Eva Kun: Die Komödie des Menschen – Horváth und Ungarn. Versuch eine neuen Annäherung
David Midgley: Aetiology of the Banal. Reflections of the textual singularities of Der ewige Spießer
Alfred Doppler: Die Exilsituation in Horváths späten Dramen’
Johanna Bossinade: Eros Thanatos in Horváths Volksstück
Ian Huish: ‘Was gehen mich deine Perversitäten an, du Sau?' - Freud’s Place in Horváth’s Work; or, 'Psychoanalytisch hochinteressant'
Horst Jarka: Horváth’s Work in the United States. Noch nicht entdeckt oder schon wieder vergessen?
Franz Kadrnoska: Horváth und die Folgen? Jugend ohne Gott und die österreichische Vergangenheitsbewältigung fiktional-real
Louise Adey: ‘By indirections find directions out'. Horváth, Nestroy and the Art of Obliquity
Jürgen Schröder: Ödön von Horváths Stunde der Liebe
Alan Bance: The Overcoming of the Collective. Jugend ohne Gott as Drama
Jean-Claude François: Horváth und die Geschichte - Horváth in der Geschichte