An examination of Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler’s reception in Great Britain.
The “amoral voice” of fin-de-siècle Vienna, Arthur Schnitzler (1862–1931) was one of the major figures of European modernist literature. Throughout his lifetime and after his death, his writing enjoyed substantial domestic and international success, yet the arrival of his dramatic works in Great Britain was plagued by false starts, short runs, and inconsistencies. Only with Tom Stoppard’s adaptations of Das weite Land and Liebelei, as Undiscovered Country and Dalliance respectively, were Schnitzler’s plays finally produced at the National Theatre.
This fascinating book studies the history of Schnitzler’s reception in Great Britain to unearth evidence of power in transcultural and translingual migrations. Surveying the field from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day, Nicole Robertson’s analysis of published translations, critical reviews, correspondence, and unpublished drafts provides expansive insight into the process of translating from page to stage. This book presents exhaustive and detailed scholarship on a fascinating, if far from smooth, journey, raising fundamental questions about the nature of authorship.
Nicole Robertson completed her PhD at University College London and now lives in Cambridge, where she teaches German.