Austria Made in Hollywood

Jacqueline Vansant, Professor Emerita of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, is one of the foremost US-based scholars of Austrian literature, film and history of the 20th century. In her most recent book Austria Made in Hollywood she analyses Austrian settings in over 60 Hollywood films by directors from Erich von Stroheim to Billy Wilder to Michael Curtiz, and many lesser knowns in-between. Vansant analyses the films as cultural artefacts fuelled by both (critical) nostalgia and responses to historical caesuras, and as refractions of American concerns relating to class and ethnicity.

Author: Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Speaker(s): Jacqueline Vansant (University of Michigan); Chair: Andrea Capovilla (IMLR, University of London); Contributors to the discussion: Christian Cargnelli; Allyson Fiddler; Alan Price: Béla Rásky.

Organisations: Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Event date: Monday, 25 October 2021 - 5:00pm