Social criticism in Joseph Roth's Radetzkymarsch.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
Roth's emotional attachment to his subject does not prevent him from presenting the faults and weaknesses of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Monarchy at the turn of the twentieth century is in the grips of decay, which is manifest in the ever-widening discrepancy between appearance and reality. The author's ambivalent attitude to the past results in a tendency to refrain from direct comment on persons and events. The double-edged nature of irony appears to be the most adequate tool for expressing social criticism in the context of 'Radetzkymarsch'.