Menander, New Comedy and the Visual (Cambridge Classical by Antonis K. Petrides

By Antonis K. Petrides

This booklet argues that New Comedy has a much richer functionality texture than has formerly been known. supplying shut readings of the entire significant performs of Menander, it indicates how intertextuality - the sustained discussion of latest Comedy functionality with the various ideological, philosophical, literary and theatrical discourses of latest polis tradition - is important in developing semantic intensity and hence offsetting the impact that the plots are simplistic love tales with out political or ideological resonances. It additionally explores how the visible point of the performs ('opsis') is simply as very important as any verbal technique of signification - a phenomenon termed 'intervisuality', studying particularly intensity the ways that the masks can infuse numerous platforms of reference into the play. mask just like the panchrēstos neaniskos (the 'all-perfect youth'), for instance, are actually choked with which means; therefore, with their ideologically marked physiognomies, they are often robust instigators of literary and cultural allusion.

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