At the turn of the century, Sigmund Freud's investigation of the
mind represented a particular journey into mental illness, but it
was not the only exploration of this 'territory' in the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Sanatoriums were the new tourism
destinations, psychiatrists were collecting art works produced by
patients and writers were developing innovative literary techniques
to convey a character's interior life. This collection of essays
uses the framework of journeys in order to highlight the diverse
artistic, cultural and medical responses to a peculiarly Viennese
anxiety about the madness of modern times. The travellers of these
journeys vary from patients to doctors, artists to writers,
architects to composers and royalty to tourists; in engaging with
their histories, the contributors reveal the different ways in
which madness was experienced and represented in 'Vienna 1900'.
Gemma Blackshaw is Reader in Art History at Plymouth University.
She is currently working on a Leverhulme-funded book on portraiture
in Vienna circa 1900. She co-curated the exhibition Madness and
Modernity: Art, Architecture and Mental Illness in Vienna 1900
(London and Vienna, 2009-10) and co-edited the exhibition
Sabine Wieber is Lecturer in Art History at the University of
Glasgow. She has published on German and Austrian design culture,
German national identity and constructions of gender in Vienna
circa 1900. She co-curated the exhibition Madness and Modernity:
Art, Architecture and Mental Illness in Vienna 1900 (Vienna,
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