The Austrian Comic Tradition
Studies in Honour of W. E. Yates

Edited by John R. P. McKenzie and Lesley Sharpe

Austrian Studies 9

Edinburgh University Press

3 July 1998  •  298pp

ISBN: 978-0-748610-86-0 (hardback) (out of print)

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The 14 essays in this collection range over 150 years of the Austrian comic tradition, from Blumauer in the late 18th century to Horvath in the 20th century. An introductory essay explores the notion of the comic tradition, while a central core of essays deals with the work of Johann Nestroy, one of the leading figures in the history of German-language comedy and Vienna's best known playwright. The essays range from detailed history and interpretation of individual plays to broader themes, such as music, parody and epic elements. Later essays feature classic texts (such as Hofmannsthal's "Der Schwiergie" and his libretti for "Arabella" and "Der Rosenkavalier"), and lesser known figures such as Johanna von Weissenthurn and Friedrich Halm are also spotlighted. As well as encompassing the various types of comic drama - the "Volkwsstuck", the comedy of manners, satire, parody and farce - the essays also include epic poetry (Blumauer) and journalism (Robert Scheu and Karl Kraus).

Contents:

3
An Austrian Comic Tradition?
Louise Adey Huish
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24
Heroes in their Underclothes: Aloys Blumauer's Travesty of Virgil's Aeneid
Ritchie Robertson
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41
The Comedies of Johanna von Weissenthurn
Ian F. Roe
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58
Nestroy and Schiller
Peter Branscombe
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71
Music in Nestroy's Plays
Dagmar Zumbusch-Beisteiner
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86
Nestroy's 'Epic' Theatre
Jürgen Hein
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102
Nestroy and Slavery
Walter Obermaier
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118
'Crying out loud in silence': Social Inequality in Nestroy's Die Gleichheit der Jahre
Friedrich Walla
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130
Nestroy's Zwey ewige Juden und Keiner: a Tale of Three Cities
John R. P. McKenzie
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145
Friedrich Halm and the Comic Muse
Peter Skrine
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160
Bloodshed in the Balkans: Robert Scheu, Karl Kraus and a Question of Satire
Gilbert J. Carr
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176
The Aristocratic Philanderer: Reflections on Hofmannsthal's Der Schwierige
Martin Swales
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185
'Stop all the Clocks': Time and Times in the 'Vienna Operas' of Hofmannsthal and Strauss
Robert Vilain
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202
The Significance of the Irrational in Horvath's Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald
Alan Bance
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Review Articles
221
Viennese Theatre History (on W. E. Yates, Theatre in Vienna: A Critical History, 1776-1995)
John Warren
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230
Review of Mauriz Schuster and Hans Schikola, Das alte Wienerisch. Ein kultur-geschichtliches Wörterbuch
Victoria Martin
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231
Review of Konrad Küster, Mozart. A Musical Biography
Peter Branscombe
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231
Review of Vjera Katalinic, Off-Mozart. Musical Culture and the 'Kleinmeister' of Central Europe 1750-1820
Peter Branscombe
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232
Review of Hartmut Laufhütte and Karl Moseneder, Adalbert Stifter: Dichter und Maler, Denkmalpfleger und Schulmann
Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
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234
Review of Gabriele von Glasenapp, Aus der Judengasse: Zur Entstehung und Ausprägung deutschsprachtger Ghettoliteratur im 19. Jahrhundert
Anita Bunyan
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235
Review of Mark H. Gelber, Hans Otto Horch and Sigurd Paul Scheichl, Von Franzos zu Canetti: Jüdische Autoren aus Österreich
Anne Fuchs
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236
Review of Lorna Martens, Shadow Lines. Austrian Literature from Freud to Kafka
Andrew Barker
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236
Review of Katherine Arens, Austria and Other Margins: Reading Culture
Andrew Barker
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239
Review of Anton Mayer, Theater in Wien um 1900. Der Dichterkreis Jung Wien
W. E. Yates
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240
Review of Karin J. Jusek, Auf der Suche nach der Verlorenen. Die Prostitutions-debatten im Wien der Jahrhundertwende
Jill Lewis
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241
Review of Beatrix Hoffmann-Holter, 'Abreisendmachung': Jüdische Fluchtlinge in Wien 1914 bis 1923
David Rechter
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243
Review of Anne C. Shreffler, Webern and the Lyric Impulse: Songs and Fragments on Poems of Georg Trakl
R. S. Furness
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244
Review of Roger Paulin and Peter Hutchinson, Rilke's 'Duino Elegies': Cambridge Readings
Anthony Phelan
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245
Review of Elizabeth Boa, Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions
Mark Anderson
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248
Review of Alexander Stillmark, Joseph Roth: Der Sieg uber die Zeit. Londoner Symposium
Martha Wörsching
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249
Review of Horst Jarka, 'It's Up to Us!' Collected Works of Jura Soyfer
Ian Huish
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252
Review of Christopher J. Thornhill, Walter Benjamin and Karl Kraus: Problems of a 'Wahlverwandtschaft'
Fritz Breithaupt
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255
Review of Hilde Haider-Pregler and Beate Reiterer, Verspielte Zeit: Österreichisches Theater der 30er Jahre
Brian Keith-Smith
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258
Review of Susanne Rode-Breymann, Die Wiener Staatsoper in den Zwischenkriegsjahren: Ihr Beitrag zum zeitgenössischen Musiktheater
Christopher Hailey
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259
Review of Jutta Raab Hansen, NS-verfolgte Musiker in England. Spuren deutscher und österreichischer Flüchtlinge in der britischen Musikkultur
J. M. Ritchie
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263
Review of Waltraud Strickhausen, Die Erzählerin Hilde Spiel oder 'Der weite Wurf in die Finsternis'
Andrea Hammel
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265
Review of Steven W. Lawrie, Erich Fried: A Writer without a Country
Tom Kuhn
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267
Review of Wolfgang Fleischer, Das verleugnete Leben. Die Biographie des Heimito von Doderer
Michael Bachem
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268
Review of Siegfried Beer, Die 'britische' Steiermark 1945-1955
Robert Knight
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270
Review of Gudrun Kuhn, Ein philosophisch-musikalisch geschulter Sänger: Musiäasthetische Überlegungen zur Prosa Thomas Bernhards
Andrea Reiter
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271
Review of Herbert Zeman, Literaturgeschichte Österreichs: Von den Anfängen im Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart
Peter Skrine
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Bibliography entry:

McKenzie, John R. P., and Lesley Sharpe (eds), The Austrian Comic Tradition: Studies in Honour of W. E. Yates (= Austrian Studies, 9 (1998))

First footnote reference: 35 The Austrian Comic Tradition: Studies in Honour of W. E. Yates, ed. by John R. P. McKenzie and Lesley Sharpe (= Austrian Studies, 9 (1998)), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 McKenzie and Sharpe, p. 47.

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