36 / 2012
Tanja Žigon

A Viennese Woman in Ljubljana: Hedwig von Radics-Kaltenbrunner’s Intercultural Activity


Based on archival and newspaper sources, this article presents the life and work of the journalist, editor, critic, and social activist Hedwig von Radics-Kaltenbrunner (1845–1919). She spent her youth in Vienna and the rest of her life in Ljubljana. Thus the main question dealt with in the article is to what extent her Viennese experience and other European models influenced her work in Carniola. In addition, this article evaluates and defines the importance of the intercultural links she forged with important figures across Europe, and contextualizes this “forgotten” author within Slovenian cultural history.

KEY WORDS: Hedwig von Radics-Kaltenbrunner, mutual cultural influences, cultural and literary history, European influences