Comic Business: Theatricality, Dramatic Technique, and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy

Hardcover | May 18, 2006

byMartin Revermann

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Comic Business situates Aristophanic comedy in the context of competitive (re)performance culture in 5th- and 4th-century Greece. It seeks to illuminate how the dazzling busyness of Aristophanic comedy is the creation of a carefully manipulating craftsman trying to outdo his rivals in thefierce competition of the dramatic festivals. Theoretically informed by theatre semiotics and frame-based models of conceptualizing the theatrical event, it analyses in a number of case studies how theatrical resources of all kinds are utilized in order to generate theatrical meaning as well ascapture and sustain audience interest. The approach therefore combines philological analysis with methodologies developed in Theatre Studies. Special attention is given to the visual dimension of theatrical communication. Material from comparator traditions is brought to bear, as is the evidence ofthe pictorial record.

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Comic Business situates Aristophanic comedy in the context of competitive (re)performance culture in 5th- and 4th-century Greece. It seeks to illuminate how the dazzling busyness of Aristophanic comedy is the creation of a carefully manipulating craftsman trying to outdo his rivals in thefierce competition of the dramatic festivals. Th...

Martin Revermann is Assistant Professor in Classics and Theatre Studies, University of Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.17 inPublished:May 18, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019815271X

ISBN - 13:9780198152712

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Table of Contents

I. Issues1. Comic business2. Performance criticism: point and methods3. Two fundamental problems4. Applying performance criticismII. Three plays5. Clouds6. Lysistrata7. Wealth