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Nestroy : Satire and Parody in Viennese Popular Comedy - W. E. Yates


Satire and Parody in Viennese Popular Comedy


Published: 29th March 2012
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Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (1801-1862), for a quarter of a century the dominant actor on the popular Viennese stage, was the author of over eighty dramatic works, all but one of them comedies in the local Viennese tradition. It was only in the twentieth century that Nestroy's influence, above all as a satirist and master of language, was recognised. In this 1972 publication, the first book in English on Nestroy, Professor Yates centres his discussion of the possen (theatrical comedies) on the dominant comic elements of satire and parody, which are considered in close relation to the sources. He examines in detail five of Nestroy's best-known plays, considering them in relation to their Viennese setting and providing an introduction to the history and conditions of Viennese popular theatre from the early eighteenth century up to Nestroy's times, including an assessment of its relationship to other traditions of popular drama.

Nestroy's Vienna
The tradition of comedy
The ZauberstĀ¼ck
The LokalstĀ¼ck
Conditions and standards
Nestroy's theatrical careeer
The language of satire
Nestroy as parodist
Creative adaptation
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ISBN: 9780521168397
ISBN-10: 0521168392
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 29th March 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29