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Doctors talking to doctors in Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi

Beniston, J; (2017) Doctors talking to doctors in Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi. In: Brodie, G and Cole, E, (eds.) Adapting Translation for the Stage. (pp. 39-55). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Arthur Schnitzler has long been regarded as a key figure in the development of Austrian realism, and especially in drama, where the movement was catalyzed by the Viennese ‘Ibsen week’ of April 1891. This chapter investigates four aspects of Schnitzler’s realism: medical hierarchies and structures of authority; doctors talking about their work; factionalization; and the breakdown of professional relations. For its early audiences, especially in Vienna, Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi offered realistic insight into an unfamiliar medical milieu within which, regrettably, the more familiar and divisive politics of the larger public sphere were reflected. Setting apart Mrs Emil Pohli’s text and that of William L. Cunningham and David Palmer, which both offer only a taster of the larger work, English-language versions of Professor Bernhardi fall into two categories: complete literary translations, and shorter stage adaptations. The meeting is the structural core and dramatic highpoint of Professor Bernhardi and tends to be only lightly abridged, even when radical cuts are made elsewhere.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Doctors talking to doctors in Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi
ISBN-13: 9781138218871
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315436814-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315436814-4
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069086
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