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Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198721925
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Euripidean Comedy 3
2 The Conventions of the Comic Stage and Their Exploitation by Menander 27
3 Marriage and Prostitution in Classical New Comedy 42
4 Love and Marriage in Greek New Comedy 53
5 Tragic Space and Comic Timing in Menander's Dyskolos 65
6 Plautus and the Public Stage 83
7 Traditions of Theatrical Improvisation in Plautus: Some Considerations 95
8 Plautus' Mastery of Comic Language 107
9 The Menaechmi: Roman Comedy of Errors 115
10 Crucially Funny, or Tranio on the Couch: The Servus callidus and Jokes About Torture 127
11 Aulularia: City-State and Individual 138
12 The Art of Deceit: Pseudolus and the Nature of Reading 149
13 The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience 161
14 The Theatrical Significance of Duplication in Plautus' Amphitruo 176
15 Amphitruo, Bacchae, and Metatheatre 189
16 The Originality of Terence and His Greek Models 205
17 The Dramatic Balance of Terence's Andria 216
18 Terence's Hecyra: A Delicate Balance of Suspense and Dramatic Irony 224
19 Problems of Adaptation in the Eunuchus of Terence 230
20 The Intrigue of Terence's Self-Tormentor 250
21 Phormio parasitus: A Study in Dramatic Methods of Characterization 257
Acknowledgements 273
Glossary 276
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