Fashioning Vienna: Adolf Loos's Cultural Criticism

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Architecture - 240 pages
This book seeks, through an examination of the form and content of his texts, to extend our understanding of Adolf Loos and his role in the struggle to define the nature of modernity in Vienna at the turn of the nineteenth century. It makes extensive use of primary sources including archive material and newspaper reports, which serve to shed new light on the way in which Loos's writings are embedded in their socio-cultural context. Drawing on insights from German and Austrian studies, sociology and cultural history, this book offers a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to a figure who himself operated in an interdisciplinary fashion.
 

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Contents

Investigating and excavating
14
The Other national cultural mythologies
46
The Self social difference in Looss Vienna
76
The display and disguise of difference
102
Locating the narrative the city its artefacts and its attractions
135
the noncontemporaneity of Looss critique
172
Notes
176
Bibliography
197
Index
215
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