Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy
By (author) M. S. Silk
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Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy by M. S. Silk
Book DescriptionIn this book Professor Silk presents a radically new critical study of Aristophanes. Against the limited view of Aristophanes as Athenian theatrical satirist, Professor Silk identifies him as one of the world's great writers. Through an exploration of Aristophanes' comic poetry, informed by a wide range of theory from Kierkegaard to Adorno, a particular consideration of Aristophanes' own understanding of his medium, and challenging comparisons with modern literature, this book adds a new chapter to the long-standing debate about the nature and potentialities of comedy. Close analyses of Aristophanes' language and style, lyric poetry, presentation of character, organizational structures, and humorous modes, are conducted in this spirit. The enigma of 'serious comedy' and of Aristophanes' complex preoccupation with tragedy is at the centre of a new assessment of Aristophanic comedy as a whole. All Greek in the text is translated; the versions offered seek to convey the distinctive character of the original.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198140290
(224mm x 146mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy, Paperback (August 2002)
A major critical study of the greatest comic writer of ancient Greece, which relates Aristophanes' work to modern literature and modern theory in order to offer a new theory of comedy. It will be essential reading for students and specialists of ancient Greek drama and poetry, and also for many students and scholars of modern literature.
Tragedy and the Tragic, Paperback (July 1998)» View all books by M. S. Silk
This volume of 29 new essays has an extensive range - from Aeschylus to Sean O'Casey, from Aristotle to Rene Girard - but also a consistent focus on the ultimate question: how best to define or understand Greek tragedy in particular and tragedy in general.
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