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Carinthia, interculturalism, and Austrian national identity : cultural reflections on 10 October 1920.

Fiddler, Allyson (2005) Carinthia, interculturalism, and Austrian national identity : cultural reflections on 10 October 1920. German Life and Letters, 58 (2). pp. 195-210. ISSN 0016-8777

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Abstract

The history of Slovene-Carinthian relations in the twentieth century has been extremely fraught, with Carinthia continuing to be a region of Austria in which nationalist sentiment is openly expressed and where Austrians' political and cultural anxiety towards their neighbours and former imperial partners is much more than a superficial or suppressed attitude. The 'Abwehrkampf' of 1918–19 and the subsequent plebiscite of 10 October 1920 allowing the Carinthian people to decide whether their territory should join the state of Yugoslavia or remain in Austria is a major historical referent in the cultural and political life of Carinthia, and the date is celebrated annually. The paper demonstrates that 10 October 1920 continues to function as part of the 'narrative' (Stuart Hall) of Carinthia's regional and Austria's national identity and examines some of the ways in which it has been mobilised to political effect. In analysing the continuing endurance of the 10 October celebrations, the discussion focuses on a number of cultural responses which provide a strong critique of the predominant nationalist use of the plebiscite and offer literary impetus for a more tolerant and productive intercultural exchange in Carinthia.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: German Life and Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nationalism ; Political Science ; Self-Determination ; Cultural Nationalism ; Austria CARINTHIA (Austria) ; Janko Messner ; Franci Zwitter ; Thomas Pluch ; Werner Kofler ; Jani Oswald ; Del Vedernjak ; Reinhard Eber ; Helmut Eisendle ; Peter Turrini
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 520
Deposited By: Professor Allyson Fiddler
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/520

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