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

Mario Telò

Abstract

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 how did this image arise, and why were the rivals Cratinus and Eupolis relegated to secondary status and merely fragmentary survival? This book traces Aristophanes’ supremacy, paradoxically, back to the defeat of his Clouds at the Great Dionysia in 423 BCE. Both Wasps (422) and the revised Clouds (419–417), the two plays at the center of this study, depict the earlier Clouds as a failed attempt by ... More

Keywords: Aristophanes, Wasps, Clouds, canon, aesthetic, old comedy, Eupolis, Cratinus, audience, fathers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309699
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Telò, author
University of California