The Newberry Library Colloquium

Gustl Geht: An Overnight Walking Tour of Viennese Literature
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Anne Flannery, Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Services, Newberry Library

“What, I’m already on the street? How did I ever get here?” -Lieutentant Gustl

The protagonist of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1901 novella Lieutenant Gustl is a man in conflict with the culture that surrounds him. Set shortly before the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Lieutenant Gustl takes the reader on a nightlong walk through Vienna. His walk exposes conflicts between the old Habsburg order and the new twentieth-century metropolis and transforms them into readable space. As the reader soon finds out, it is possible to map this short text onto the city and to explore the city exactly as Gustl does. On May 26-27, 2010, from 10pm to 6am, Gustl was performed on Vienna’s streets. This colloquium will provide some context to the urban landscape and explore the lessons learned from this street performance of Gustl’s walk.

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