The Language Of Greek Comedy

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The Language Of Greek Comedy

Author : Andreas Willi
ISBN : 9780199245475
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The contributions to this volume by a team of international experts illustrate how the linguistic study of Greek comedy can deepen our knowledge of the intricate connections between the dramatic texts and their literary and socio-cultural environment. While the main focus is on comedy, the diversity of the approaches adopted (including narratology, pragmatics, lexicology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and textual criticism) ensures that much of the work applies to different genresand is relevant also to linguists and literary scholars.
Category: Literary Criticism

Nonsense And Meaning In Ancient Greek Comedy

Author : Stephen E. Kidd
ISBN : 9781107050150
Genre : History
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Employs the concept of 'nonsense' to explore those parts of Greek comedy perceived as 'just silly' and so 'not meaningful'.
Category: History

The Cambridge Companion To Greek Comedy

Author : Martin Revermann
ISBN : 9780521760287
Genre : Drama
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Provides a unique panorama of this challenging area of Greek literature, combining literary perspectives with historical issues and material culture.
Category: Drama

Dialect In Aristophanes

Author : Stephen Colvin
ISBN : 9780198152491
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Did the Greeks find it amusing, irritating or threatening when they heard another Greek speaking in a different dialect? Were they rude or tolerant when they heard Persians or Scythians speaking fractured Greek? And what about low-class varieties of the Greek spoken in the docks of Piraeus? Our evidence for the sociolinguistic culture of the ancient world is sadly limited, and modern linguistic assumptions and prejudices are often unconsciously projected onto old and alien cultures. This book exploits the evidence of ancient Greek comedy in an attempt to answer some of the questions about language attitude which are important for understanding ancient ideas about language and ethnicity. Conclusions are based on a comparative study of the language of dialect speaking characters and other foreigners in Old Comedy, and on an examination of linguistic attitudes in other genres of Greek literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Aristophanes And The Definition Of Comedy

Author : M. S. Silk
ISBN : 019925382X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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All Greek in the text is translated; the versions offered seek to convey the distinctive character of the original."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Literary Criticism

Beyond Aristophanes

Author : American Philological Association
ISBN : 0788501402
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This collection of essays is devoted to the most important changes--in theme, language, structure, style, and production--that characterize the transformation of Athenian Comedy from the mid-fifth through the fourth century.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Languages Of Aristophanes

Author : Andreas Willi
ISBN : 9780199262649
Genre : Literary Criticism
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By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. A representative range of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is described and analyzed. Stylistic and statistical observations are combined and supplemented by typological comparisons with material drawn from sociolinguistic research on modern languages. The resulting portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our understanding of various socio-cultural phenomena reflected in Aristophanes' work.
Category: Literary Criticism

Satyric Play

Author : Carl A. Shaw
ISBN : 9780199950942
Genre : History
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Since it was written by tragedians and employed a number of formal tragic elements, satyr drama is typically categorized as a sub-genre of Greek tragedy. This categorization, however, gives an incomplete picture of the complicated relationship of the satyr play to other genres of drama in ancient Greece. For example, the humorous chorus of half-man, half-horse satyrs suggests sustained interaction between poets of comedy and satyr play. In Satyric Play, Carl Shaw notes the complex, shifting relationship between comedy and satyr drama, from sixth-century BCE proto-drama to classical productions staged at the Athenian City Dionysia and bookish Alexandrian plays of the third century BCE, and argues that comedy and satyr plays influenced each other in nearly all stages of their development. This is the first book to offer a complete, integrated analysis of Greek comedy and satyr drama, analyzing the details of the many literary, aesthetic, historical, religious, and geographical connections to satyr drama. Ancient critics and poets allude to comic-satyric associations in surprising ways, vases indicate a common connection to komos (revelry) song, and the plays themselves often share titles, plots, modes of humor, and even on occasion choruses of satyrs. Shaw's insight into this evidence reveals the relationship between satyr drama and Greek comedy to be much more intimately connected than we had known and, in fact, much closer than that between satyr drama and tragedy. Satyric Play brings new light to satyr drama as a complex, artful, inventive, and even cleverly paradoxical genre.
Category: History

Brill S Companion To The Study Of Greek Comedy

Author : Gregory Dobrov
ISBN : 9789004188846
Genre : Reference
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The Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy sets forth the main resources for the advancing student in three sections: "Contexts,""History," and "Elements.” The volume is a guide for understanding and interpreting the classic comedies as well as for navigating the principal corpora of texts, fragments and scholia.
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Aristophanic Comedy

Author : K. J. Dover
ISBN : 0520022114
Genre : History
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Professor Dover's newest book is designed for those who are interested in the history of comedy as an art form but who are not necessarily familiar with the Greek language. The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are treated as representative of a genre. Old Attic Comedy, which was artistically and intellectually homogeneous and gave expression to the spirit of Athenian society in the late fifth and early fourth centuries B.C. Aristophanes is regarded primarily not as a reformer or propagandist but as a dramatist who sought, in competition with his rivals, to win the esteem both of the general public and of the cultivated and critical minority. He succeeded in this effort by making people laugh, and the book pays more attention than has generally been paid to the technical means, whether of language or of situation, on which Aristophanes' humor depends. Particular emphasis is laid on his indifference-positively assisted by the physical limitations of the Greek theatre and the conditions of the Athenian dramatic festivals-to the maintenance of continuous “dramatic illusion” or to the provision of a dramatic event with the antecedents and consequences which might logically be expected. More importance is attached to Aristophanes' adoption of popular attitudes and beliefs, to his creation of uninhibited characters with which the spectators could identify themselves, and to his acceptance of the comic poet's traditional role as a mordant but jocular critic of morals, than to any identifiable and consistent elements in his political standpoint.
Category: History

Paracomedy

Author : Craig Jendza
ISBN : 9780190090937
Genre : Drama
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Paracomedy: Appropriations of Comedy in Greek Drama is the first book that examines how ancient Greek tragedy engages with the genre of comedy. While scholars frequently study paratragedy (how Greek comedians satirize tragedy), this book investigates the previously overlooked practice of paracomedy: how Greek tragedians regularly appropriate elements from comedy such as costumes, scenes, language, characters, or plots. Drawing upon a wide variety of complete and fragmentary tragedies and comedies (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Rhinthon), this monograph demonstrates that paracomedy was a prominent feature of Greek tragedy. Blending a variety of interdisciplinary approaches including traditional philology, literary criticism, genre theory, and performance studies, this book offers innovative close readings and incisive interpretations of individual plays. Jendza presents paracomedy as a multivalent authorial strategy: some instances impart a sense of ugliness or discomfort; others provide a sense of light-heartedness or humor. While this work traces the development of paracomedy over several hundred years, it focuses on a handful of Euripidean tragedies at the end of the fifth century BCE. Jendza argues that Euripides was participating in a rivalry with the comedian Aristophanes and often used paracomedy to demonstrate the poetic supremacy of tragedy; indeed, some of Euripides' most complex uses of paracomedy attempt to re-appropriate Aristophanes' mockery of his theatrical techniques. Paracomedy: Appropriations of Comedy in Greek Tragedy theorizes a new, ground-breaking relationship between Greek tragedy and comedy that not only redefines our understanding of the genre of tragedy, but also reveals a dynamic theatrical world filled with mutual cross-generic influence.
Category: Drama

The Oxford Handbook Of Greek And Roman Comedy

Author : Michael Fontaine
ISBN : 9780199743544
Genre : History
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The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essays offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
Category: History

The New Comedy Of Greece And Rome

Author : Richard L. Hunter
ISBN : 0521316529
Genre : Drama
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The first literary account of a style of comic drama which was to become the root of all subsequent Western comedy. Places the social comedy of Menander, Plautus and Terence in its ancient context and considers its universal literary qualities.
Category: Drama

The Language Of Plautus

Author : Sharonne Albicker (L.)
ISBN : OCLC:53008696
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Abstract: Although many scholars have studied the work of Plautus, their work has focused largely on Plautus as a manipulator of Greek comedy or as an interesting study in archaic Latin. Only recently have scholars begun to look at Plautus in terms of his own language and his own audience. Even so, the few linguistic studies that have been done were primarily statistical and contributed little to an understanding of his audience. Earlier investigation into the language of Plautus reveals that he used the foreign languages of Greek and Punic along with his native Latin in his plays. Previously, most believed the Greek was used to mark its users as "intelligent," and the Punic was believed by most to be intended as gibberish; this is in fact not the case. Both languages served to place his characters in the real world in which he and his audience lived. This in turn reveals that Plautus expected his audience to have at least a basic understanding of Greek and some familiarity with Punic. While previous studies of Plautus that have analyzed his use of the idioms that served as markers of so-called "female" language have concluded that he crossed the boundaries of gendered language for whatever reason, the largest such study was primarily statistical and gave no reason as to why Plautus would have done that. In fact, Plautus did not use such markers as markers of "feminine" language at all, but rather as markers of emotion and power. Plautus played on the connotations such idioms had in the minds of his audience to create his own version of the adulescens amator, who was in fact the forerunner of the elegiac lover of later Roman poetry.
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Talking About Laughter

Author : Alan H. Sommerstein
ISBN : 9780199554195
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Fourteen studies, including some previously unpublished, by Alan Sommerstein on Aristophanes and his fellow dramatists. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatist, the genre, and its interactions with the society of classical Athens.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Comedies Of Plautus

Author : Titus Maccius Plautus
ISBN : NYPL:33433070300995
Genre : Greece
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Category: Greece

Tragedy On The Comic Stage

Author : Matthew C. Farmer
ISBN : 9780190492076
Genre : Greek drama (Comedy)
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Aristophanes' engagement with tragedy is one of the most striking features of his comedies: Euripides appears repeatedly as a character in these plays, jokes about tragedy and tragic poets abound, and parodies of tragedy frequently underlie whole scenes and even the plots of these plays.Tragedy on the Comic Stage contextualizes this engagement with tragedy within Greek comedy as a genre by examining paratragedy in the fragments of Aristophanes' contemporaries and successors in the fifth and fourth centuries. Farmer organizes these fragments under two rubrics. First, he discussesfragments that show characters discussing tragedy, use tragic poets as characters, or make reference to the dramatic festivals; these fragments, Farmer argues, develop a "culture of tragedy" within Greek comedy, a consistent set of tropes and devices that depict tragedy as part of the worldinhabited by the characters of these plays. Second, he assembles fragments that show tragic parody, imitations of tragedy that render tragic language humorous or ironic by juxtaposing it with the base characters and quotidian circumstances that make up Greek comedy. Tragedy on the Comic Stage thenillustrates these features of fragmentary paratragedy within three intact Aristophanic comedies: Wasps, Women at the Thesmophoria, and Wealth. These new readings of Aristophanes' plays show the value of reading Aristophanes in conjunction with the comic fragments, and insist on the subtlety andcomplexity of Aristophanic paratragedy.
Category: Greek drama (Comedy)

The Verse Of Greek Comedy

Author : John Williams White
ISBN : UOM:39015011324582
Genre : Greek language
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Category: Greek language