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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Der polnische Schriftsteller Tadeusz Rittner : "Ein durch und durch österreichischer Poet"

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Abstract

The work of Tadeusz Rittner (1873 Lemberg - 1921 Bad Gastein), the bilingual dramatist, celebrated at the Burg Theatre, poet and author of several novels and critical reviews, is to be included in the corpus of both Polish and Austrian literature. Rittner's life and work are an excellent example of the kind of bilingualism and multiple loyalty often encountered in the Donau monarchy. Although Rittner describes himself expressly as a Pole, this was by no means contradictory in Austria at that time. Rittner's work is part of a central European cultural space which includes Polish literature. This cultural space is at the same time an index of Austrian literary identity. In its liberal end-phase, the Habsburg monarchy functioned as substitute for a multinational central European state, and its capital Vienna presented itself as a miniature of the multi-cultural state. It was a precursor of today's world with its complex identity crises, and at the same time a magnet for fertile interactions between the centre and the periphery.

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2016-12-09
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