Aristophanes' Old-and-New Comedy: Volume I: Six Essays in by Kenneth J. Reckford

By Kenneth J. Reckford

This startling and unique research emerged from Kenneth Rockford's desire to vindicate Aristophanes' Clouds opposed to detractors. due to years of rereading and educating Aristophanes, he discovered that the Clouds couldn't be defended in an research of that play in isolation. a greater method, he determined, will be to outline a comic book point of view in which Aristophanes' comedies more often than not in addition to the Clouds particularly will be appreciated.

This first quantity of Reckford's security examines the comedies as a complete in a sequence of defining essays, every one with its personal dominant situation and approach to procedure. the writer starts off by means of exploring now not the standard questions of Aristophanes' political attitudes and his position within the improvement of comedy, yet particularly the festive, celebratory, and Dionysian nature of outdated Comedy. the following and in the course of the publication Reckford illustrates Aristophanes' type of comedy with analogies to Rabelais, Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Alice in Wonderland, and The great Wizard of Oz.

In the rest essays Reckford is going past the standard Freudian techniques, reinterpreting the comedian catharsis as a rationalization of wishing and hoping. He additionally explores the expansion of performs from comedian thought to comedian functionality, in methods mirrored in Tom Stoppard's performs this present day. merely then are Aristophanes' simple political loyalties defined, in addition to where of his previous- and-new comedy in the background of the genre.

In a booklet that's as a lot approximately comedy in general because it is ready Aristophanes particularly, a few performs are taken care of extra totally than others. Reckford discusses the Wasps at size, evaluating the symbolic variations and comedian recognitions within the play with dream adventure and dream interpretation. He additionally analyzes the Peace, the Acharians, the Birds, and the Frogs. Reckford's vindication of the Clouds will look within the moment quantity of his safety, Clouds of Glory.

Reckford's playful translations defend the puns and anachronisms of Aristophanes, conserving the playwright's comedian feeling and tone. Combining conventional classical scholarship with a number of literary, mental, and anthropological techniques, he has written a research that might attract either the tutorial viewers and the final reader who cares approximately comedy.

Originally released in 1987.

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