Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence / Edition 1

Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence / Edition 1

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by Erich Segal
     
 

This book documents the origins of modern comedy by examining the evolution of "New Comedy," the Greek genre of which the works of Menander are the only surviving example. It looks at the quiet domestic dramas of Menander, the farces of Plautus, and the comedies of Terence. An authoritative Introduction sets the papers, which are by leading experts in

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This book documents the origins of modern comedy by examining the evolution of "New Comedy," the Greek genre of which the works of Menander are the only surviving example. It looks at the quiet domestic dramas of Menander, the farces of Plautus, and the comedies of Terence. An authoritative Introduction sets the papers, which are by leading experts in their field, in context and explores connections between them thus examining the legacy for modern comedies. All Latin and Greek is translated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198721932
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2002
Series:
Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Euripidean Comedy3
2The Conventions of the Comic Stage and Their Exploitation by Menander27
3Marriage and Prostitution in Classical New Comedy42
4Love and Marriage in Greek New Comedy53
5Tragic Space and Comic Timing in Menander's Dyskolos65
6Plautus and the Public Stage83
7Traditions of Theatrical Improvisation in Plautus: Some Considerations95
8Plautus' Mastery of Comic Language107
9The Menaechmi: Roman Comedy of Errors115
10Crucially Funny, or Tranio on the Couch: The Servus callidus and Jokes About Torture127
11Aulularia: City-State and Individual138
12The Art of Deceit: Pseudolus and the Nature of Reading149
13The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience161
14The Theatrical Significance of Duplication in Plautus' Amphitruo176
15Amphitruo, Bacchae, and Metatheatre189
16The Originality of Terence and His Greek Models205
17The Dramatic Balance of Terence's Andria216
18Terence's Hecyra: A Delicate Balance of Suspense and Dramatic Irony224
19Problems of Adaptation in the Eunuchus of Terence230
20The Intrigue of Terence's Self-Tormentor250
21Phormio parasitus: A Study in Dramatic Methods of Characterization257
Acknowledgements273
Glossary276

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