Talking about Laughter : and Other Studies in Greek Comedy: and Other Studies in Greek Comedy (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 5, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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This book brings together fourteen studies by Alan Sommerstein on Aristophanes and his fellow comic dramatists, some of which have not previously appeared in print. The studies cover almost all the major topics of Sommerstein's work - the nature and functions of comedy in Aristophanes' time, its connections with the society and politics of its day, the question of Aristophanes' own political stances, the light comedy can throw on classical Athenians' perception of basic social divisions (age, gender, citizen/alien, free/slave), comedy's exploitation of the expressive resources of the Greek language, the composition and production history of individual plays, and the history of the genre as a whole.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The language of Athenian women
15
2 The naming of women in Greek and Roman comedy
43
3 The anatomy of euphemism in Aristophanic comedy
70
4 Talking about laughter in Aristophanes
104
5 Old Comedians on Old Comedy
116
6 Slave and citizen in Aristophanic comedy
136
7 Monsters ogres and demons in Old Comedy
155
10 An alternative democracy and an alternative to democracy in Aristophanic comedy
204
11 Lysistrata the warrior
223
modes of female assertiveness in Aristophanes
237
13 Kleophon and the restaging of Frogs
254
Aristophanes Aiolosikon Kratinos Odyss275s and Middle Comedy
272
References
289
Index locorum
307
General Index
334

8 The silence of Strepsiades and the agon of the first Clouds
176
paideia and ephebeia in the Wasps
192

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About the author (2009)


Alan H. Sommerstein is Professor of Greek at the University of Nottingham.

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