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Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy
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Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy

M. S. Silk


This book presents a radically new critical study of Aristophanes. Against the limited view of Aristophanes as Athenian theatrical satirist, the author identifies him as one of the world's great writers. Through an exploration of Aristophanes' comic poetry, informed by a wide range of theory from Kierkegaard to Adorno, a particular consideration of Aristophanes' own understanding of his medium, and challenging comparisons with modern literature, this book adds a new chapter to the long-standing debate about the nature and potentialities of comedy. Close analyses of Aristophanes' language and s ... More

Keywords: Aristophanes, Athenian theatrical satirism, comic poetry, Kierkegaard, Adorno, Aristophanic comedy, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. S. Silk, author
King's College, University of London and editor of Dialogos
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