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Raimund and Vienna: A Critical Study of Raimunds Plays in Their Viennese Setting Dorothy Prohaska

Raimund and Vienna: A Critical Study of Raimunds Plays in Their Viennese Setting

Dorothy Prohaska

Published April 1st 2011
ISBN : 9780521155540
Paperback
230 pages
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Ferdinand Raimund (1790 1836) was a noted comic actor in the tradition of the Viennese Popular Theatre. He wrote plays to suit the talents of his ensemble at the Leopoldstadt comedy theatre and to entertain the Viennese community, but a powerfulMoreFerdinand Raimund (1790 1836) was a noted comic actor in the tradition of the Viennese Popular Theatre. He wrote plays to suit the talents of his ensemble at the Leopoldstadt comedy theatre and to entertain the Viennese community, but a powerful ambition to rise above the merely local drove him to develop the conventional dramatic forms beyond their traditional limits. Dorothy Prohaska examines his plays, and discusses their local characteristics as well as their individuality. She is closely informed about the Vienna of the time, and many sections of the book, showing in detail how the plays draw on contemporary life, are full of colourful detail about the city itself. She reveals the complexity of Raimunds development as a playwright within the popular tradition and assesses his achievement as an original dramatist.