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Response to Slater, ‘Bringing up Father: paideia and ephebeia in the Wasps’

Alan H. Sommerstein

in Talking about Laughter: And Other Studies in Greek Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199554195
eISBN:
9780191720604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554195.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In this chapter, originally a response to a symposium paper by Niall Slater, it is argued that ephebeia, a concept that had been endowed with great explanatory importance in some recent studies of ... More


Comic Motivation: Jokes and Episodic Plot

I. A. Ruffell

in Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199587216
eISBN:
9780191731297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the relationship of jokes to plot and argues that Old Comedy is an example of a style of comedy where jokes are not additional to plot but are the fundamental ... More


Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Mario Telò

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Aristophanes, whose eleven surviving plays are all that remain of Old Comedy, has been stereotyped since ancient times as the poet who brought order and stability to this rowdy theatrical genre. But ... More


Greek Comedy

THOMAS K. HUBBARD

in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223813
eISBN:
9780520936508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223813.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Attic (Athenian) comedy is particularly useful for the study of homosexuality in virtue of its characteristic explicitness in sexual matters. Moreover, it provides insight into what may have been ... More


Delayed Applause: Competitive Aesthetics and the Construction of the Comic Canon

Mario Telò

in Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Starting with a literary anecdote from Aelian that tellingly rewrites the audience response to Aristophanes’ defeated Clouds in 423 BCE, the chapter introduces the book’s overarching concerns: ... More


A Touch of Class: The Enduring Texture of Aristophanic Comedy

Mario Telò

in Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that the father-son battle of Wasps grounds the sense experience of dramatic reception in the materiality of textiles by reimagining the defeat of Clouds in423 as a choice between ... More


Emotional Rescue and Generic Demotion: Old Comedians and Tragedy’s Ragged Audience

Mario Telò

in Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter reads the prologue of Aristophanes’ Wasps against Euripides’ Hippolytus—and later scenes involving the mad father Philocleon against the melancholic antics of Niobe and Bellerophon, two ... More


The Broken Net: Comic Failure and Its Consequences

Mario Telò

in Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows an ominous side to the finale of Wasps: the false, quasi-tragic liberation of Cratinus’s mode, usually interpreted as genuinely comic. The chapter starts with the account of ... More


Aristophanes’ Electra Complex and the Future of Comedy

Mario Telò

in Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter suggests that the revised Clouds (419–417 BCE) extends the narrative of the failure of the first version in 423 by deploying against the rival Eupolis the same delegitimating strategies ... More


The Language(s) of Love in Aristophanes

James Robson

in Erôs in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199605507
eISBN:
9780191745928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605507.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter explores the different ways in which Aristophanes' comedies employ erotic vocabulary—‘the language(s) of love’—the thesis being that each play has its own, distinct erotic landscape. The ... More


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