Rhetoric, Comedy, & the Violence of Language in Aristophanes Clouds

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This is an intelligent and unusually thought-provoking reading of Aristophanes' Clouds. O'Regan focuses on logos, or the power of argument, and its effects, and on the self-awareness of the second Clouds as a comedy of logos directed toward an audience made resistant by devotion to the body. Within and without the play, logos meets defeat when confronted with human nature and desire. The argument conveys much insight into fifth-century thought and the play's workings, the more so because it balances rhetoric with comedy, and reminds the reader that this is a comic logos—explored in the comic mode, and connected with the intentions and vicissitudes of the first and second Clouds.

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"[A] provocative new reading of Aristophanes' Clouds....O'Regan has studied Clouds very carefully, and future scholars will be indebted to her for many details of observation and analysis....Her treatment of the two Logoi is well-balanced and funny, perhaps the best I have seen."—American Journal of Philology

"Both illuminating and useful. Anyone who works on comedy or teaches the Clouds will welcome this thoughtful treatment of such an important and complicated comedy."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This reading of the play is intelligent, perceptive, and very detailed, and should be consulted by everyone with an interest in Old Comedy."—Greece & Rome

"Perceptive....[An] intelligent study."—New England Classical Newsletter & Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195070170
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Changing Role of Logos: Background 9
2 Setting the Scene: Lines 1-132 22
3 Meeting the Wise Souls and Their Gods: Lines 133-313 35
4 Martial Speech, Fluid Shapes, Thunderous Sounds: Lines 314-509 49
5 Aristophanes' Failures - The Parabasis: Lines 510-626 67
6 Strepsiades' Failures: Lines 627-888 80
7 The Debate of the Logoi - The Agon: Lines 889-1112 89
8 The Triumph of Practical Sophistry: Lines 1113-1302 106
9 Comic Justice: Lines 1303-1510 114
Conclusion: Our Innovative, Democratic Clouds 127
Appendix: The Clouds' Two Versions 133
Notes 141
Bibliography 207
Index of Passages 213
Subject Index 215
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