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Originally from New York, I completed a BA at Iona College (New Rochelle, New York) with a major concentration in History and minor concentration in German. I then spent two years as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Vienna Institute of Technology in Austria before completing an MA by Research at the University of Warwick (Coventry, Great Britain) entitled 'The Man from the Day After Tomorrow and the World of Yesterday: A Case Study of the Evolution of Modern Austrian Identity from Koeniggraetz to World War One in Austrian German Intellectual Thought'. After two years as a visiting student at the University of Vienna, I returned to the University of Warwick to complete my PhD. Recently, I submitted my dissertation for examination and have returned to the New York metropolitan area.


About My Research

Department: History

Supervisor: Dr. Robin Okey

Year Started: 2003

Year Completed: 2008

Funding: Warwick Postgraduate Fee Bursary (2003-2006), Oesterreich-Stipendium (2003-2004), self-funded

Dissertation Title:

Today, Tomorrow...and Yesterday? Modern Austrian Identity and the Case of Hermann Bahr and Stefan Zweig

Research Summary:

My research investigates the development of modern Austrian identity from 1866 to the present day. More specifically, I look at the way contemporary Austrian identity discourse regards its pre-1938 past, especially the emergence of a distinct Austrian identity separate from Germany and embryonic ideas of European wide cultural unity in the thought of two prominent Austrian German writers and thinkers, Hermann Bahr and Stefan Zweig, before National Socialism.


Nikolaus Unger, 'Remembering Identity in Die Welt von Gestern. Stefan Zweig, Austrian German Identity Construction and the First World War', Focus on German Studies, 12 (2005), 95-116.

Nikolaus Unger, 'Two "Good Europeans": Nietzschean innovation in the late-Habsburg thought of Hermann Bahr and Stefan Zweig', Trans: Internet-Zeitschrift fuer Kulturwissenschaften, Nr. 16, Mai 2006

Nikolaus Unger, 'Today, Tomorrow...and Yesterday? National Identity Construction in Modern Austria', in The State Treaty Fifty Years On: Writing, Identity and Austrian Independence, Gilbert Carr and Caitriona Leahy (eds), forthcoming with IUDICIUM Verlag, Munich

Nikolaus Unger, 'The influence of Emile Verhaeren and Walt Whitman in Stefan Zweig's pre-1914 conception of cultural modernism', Trans: Internet-Zeitschrift fuer Kulturwissenschaften, Nr. 17, Mai 2008

Recent Conferences:

KCTOS: Knowledge, Creativity and Transformations of Societies - Vienna, Austria, 6-9 December 2007

American and Austrian Literature and Film: Influences, Interactions and Intersections

Upcoming Conferences:

Annual Symposium of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association - Emory University, April 23-26, 2009

“Verfreundete Nachbarn”: The German-Austrian Encounter in Literature, Film and Cultural Discourse




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