Description - Slaves, Masters, and the Art of Authority in Plautine Comedy by Kathleen McCarthy
What pleasures did Plautus's heroic tricksters provide their original audience? How should we understand the compelling mix of rebellion and social conservatism that Plautus offers? Through a close reading of four plays representing the full range of his work (Menaechmi, Casina, Persa, and Captivi), Kathleen McCarthy develops an innovative model of Plautine comedy and its social effects. She concentrates on how the plays are shaped by the interaction of two comic modes: the socially conservative mode of naturalism and the potentially subversive mode of farce. Scholars interested in Plautine theater will be rewarded by the detailed analyses of the plays, while those more broadly interested in social and cultural history will find much that is useful in McCarthy's new way of grasping the elusive ideological effects of comedy.
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(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Kathleen McCarthy
Kathleen McCarthy is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.