Jüdische Literatur in Österreich nach Waldheim

Wednesday 31 May 2017

The German-language edition of Andrea Reiter's Contemporary Jewish Writing. Austria after Waldheim, published by Routledge in 2013, has been published by the New Academic Press in Vienna. 

The book examines Jewish writers and intellectuals in Austria, analysing filmic and electronic media alongside more traditional publication formats over the last 25 years. Beginning with the Waldheim affair and the rhetorical response by the three most prominent members of the survivor generation (Leon Zelman, Simon Wiesenthal and Bruno Kreisky), Reiter reformulates the concepts of religious and secular Jewish cultural expression, cutting across gender and Holocaust studies, and proceeds to questions of enacting or performing Jewish identity in the Austrian setting, looking at how these Jewish writers and filmmakers in Austria 'perform' their Jewishness not only in their public appearances and engagements but also in their works. By engaging with novels, poems and films, the volume challenges the dominant claim that Jewish culture in Central Europe is almost exclusively borne by non-Jews and consumed by non-Jewish audiences, establishing a new counter-discourse against resurging anti-Semitism in the media. 

Jüdische Literatur in Österreich nach Waldheim 
ISBN 978 3 7003 20167 8 (Vienna: New Academic Press, 2018)