Freud’s Vienna: Artistic Revolution as Oedipal Revolt

Day course with Diane Silverthorne

Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

28 September, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

£45 - £65

Book Now
Fin de Siecle Vienna, Carl E Schorske

A day course analysing the cultural history of turn-of-the-century Vienna.

We have cultural historian Carl E Schorske’s ground-breaking analysis, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (1979) to thank for a seminal psychoanalytical interpretation of the extraordinary explosion in new and radical forms of art and culture which characterise Vienna in the immediate pre-war decades.

Schorske’s defining concept of an ‘oedipal revolt’, of middle-class intellectuals against paternalistic Habsburg rule, brought clarity and new ways of thinking to the complexities of rational and instinctual developments which occurred simultaneously in every art form. Forty years on, this day course sets out to celebrate and interrogate Schorske’s methods.

Drawing together the shared concerns of culture-makers in common social and temporal spaces, the sessions will set out to examine the birth of a specifically Viennese expressionism manifested through literature, painting and music, driven by the sexual politics of the period.

Through the works of figures including Schnitzler, Schoenberg, Klimt and Kokoschka, we will examine the ways in which the arts in their various different manifestations mirrored or prefigured Freud’s writings on dreams, sexuality and the death drive.

Freud’s Vienna: Artistic Revolution as Oedipal Revolt
course structure

Dr Diane Silverthorne is an art historian and ‘Vienna 1900’ scholar, lecturing in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London. Her edited volume, “Music, Art and Performance, from Liszt to Riot Grrrl’” has just been published by Bloomsbury.


28 September
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£45 - £65
Event Category:


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London, NW3 5SX United Kingdom
020 7435 2002

« All Events