Nestroy meets Wagner. Parody as an alternative literary concept and a test bench for stylistics

Oswald Panagl, Christina Katsikadeli
2018 Corpus Linguistics and Literature   unpublished
The language peculiarities of Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (1801 -1862)as used in his Possen, parodies and dramasare considered the literary highlights of the Old-Viennese Volkstheater. A comprehensive study, which explores the linguistic facets of J.N. Nestroy's theatrical corpus from the point of view of modern linguistics, still remains a desideratum. In the present paper we investigate Johann Nestroy's critical confrontation with the music and the libretti of Richard Wagner's romantic operas
more » ... omantic operas Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, which aims at targeting the medieval milieu, the 'precarious' theme (in the cellar of Venus!), but especially the long-winded stage directions, the (hyper)archaic word choice, the exaggerated epithets, the pathetic diction, and not least, the 'rampant' metaphors in these music dramas. By making use of methods and tools employed by corpus linguistics, the objective of this paper is to search for general and specific patterns of Nestroy's parodies, not only in representative examples, but also to classify them within the genre and interpret them according to a set of linguistic parameters.
doi:10.1553/nestroy fatcat:pgzpkke3rngkvlyeb6czqm5z54