Cratinus and the Art of Comedy by Emmanuela BakolaCratinus and the Art of Comedy by Emmanuela Bakola

Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

byEmmanuela Bakola

Hardcover | January 17, 2010

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Cratinus, one of the lost great poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself. Using a methodologically innovative approach, Emmanuela Bakola studies the surviving fragments of Cratinus' plays and offers a thorough analysisof the multifaceted art of this poet and his place in the history of comedy. Issues which she addresses include the creation of a poetic personality within a performative tradition of fierce interpoetic rivalry; the play at the boundaries of the comic genre and the interaction with satyr drama andtragedy, especially Aeschylus; stagecraft and dramaturgy; comic plot-construction and characterization; the author's reflection on his immediate political, social and intellectual context. As well as providing insight into Cratinus, her book enriches our understanding of fifth-century Atheniancomedy in a dynamic evolving environment.
Emmanuela Bakola is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London.
Title:Cratinus and the Art of ComedyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:January 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199569355

ISBN - 13:9780199569359

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Poetic Persona and Poetic Voice in Cratinus' Comedy2. Cratinus and Satyr Play3. Cratinus and Tragedy4. Myth, Politics, and Drama: Elements of Plot-Composition in the Comedy of Cratinus5. Production and Imagination