Though long associated with a small group of coffeehouse elites around the turn of the twentieth century, Viennese “modernist” culture had roots that reached much further back and beyond the rarefied sphere of high culture. In Comical Modernity, Heidi Hakkarainen looks at Vienna in the second half of the nineteenth century, a period of dramatic urban renewal during which the city’s rapidly changing face was a mainstay of humorous magazines, books, and other publications aimed at middle-class audiences. As she shows, humor provided a widely accessible means of negotiating an era of radical change.
Acerca de Heidi Hakkarainen
Heidi Hakkarainen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku, Finland, where she also obtained her doctorate. She is currently contributing to a research project on “Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe.”