Studies in Stichomythia (Classic Reprint)by John Leonard Hancock
The following dissertation aims to be a grouping of facts, not new to humanist scholars in the Several fields, into a comprehensive treatment, a non-technical presentation of a literary subject concerning which, too often, knowledge is taken for granted. Problems of philology and text criticism are only incidental to its main
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The following dissertation aims to be a grouping of facts, not new to humanist scholars in the Several fields, into a comprehensive treatment, a non-technical presentation of a literary subject concerning which, too often, knowledge is taken for granted. Problems of philology and text criticism are only incidental to its main purpose. The chapters on drama subsequent to the Greek and Latin are admittedly from the layman's point of view. The chapter on particles and stylistic devices is distinct in treatment from the rest. The dissertation differs, in this avoidance of technicalities and in the extent of literature considered, from the only notable work on the subject known to me, Die Stichomythie in der griechischen Tragödie und Komödie, ihre Anwendung und ihr Ursprung, by Adolf Gross (Berlin, 1905). His treatment is more objective than subjective, and reference lists add to the value of his book. In the many places where our discussions overlap, note has been made of the fact in footnotes. I must differ from him in his thesis that stichomythia developed from choral responsion, while admitting the considerable part such musical symmetry must have played. Maccari, in a little pamphlet, Stichomythica (Urbini, 1911), has touched (rather gropingly) on the place of stichomythia in comedy, an interesting topic but outside the limits of this dissertation. The few earlier papers and monographs on the whole subject are either attempts to restore absolute symmetry in line-dialogue by text revisions, or are too vaguely general as compared with the modern treatment of Gross.
The subject was suggested to me by Professor Paul Shorey, and has been carried on at all stages under his guidance, my appreciation of which I wish here to record.
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