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

By Kenneth J. Reckford

This startling and unique learn emerged from Kenneth Rockford's desire to vindicate Aristophanes' Clouds opposed to detractors. because of years of rereading and instructing Aristophanes, he learned that the Clouds couldn't be defended in an research of that play in isolation. a greater procedure, he determined, will be to outline a comic book point of view in which Aristophanes' comedies typically in addition to the Clouds particularly should be appreciated.

This first quantity of Reckford's protection examines the comedies as a complete in a chain of defining essays, every one with its personal dominant situation and approach to strategy. the writer starts by way of exploring now not the standard questions of Aristophanes' political attitudes and his position within the improvement of comedy, yet relatively the festive, celebratory, and Dionysian nature of outdated Comedy. the following and during the ebook Reckford illustrates Aristophanes' kind of comedy with analogies to Rabelais, Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Alice in Wonderland, and The impressive Wizard of Oz.

In the rest essays Reckford is going past the standard Freudian ways, reinterpreting the comedian catharsis as a explanation of wishing and hoping. He additionally explores the expansion of performs from comedian suggestion to comedian functionality, in methods mirrored in Tom Stoppard's performs at the present time. purely then are Aristophanes' simple political loyalties defined, in addition to where of his previous- and-new comedy in the historical past of the genre.

In a e-book that's as a lot approximately comedy normally because it is set Aristophanes particularly, a few performs are handled extra absolutely than others. Reckford discusses the Wasps at size, evaluating the symbolic ameliorations 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 seem within the moment quantity of his safeguard, Clouds of Glory.

Reckford's playful translations protect 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 ways, he has written a research that might attract either the educational viewers and the final reader who cares approximately comedy.

Originally released in 1987.

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