Greek Comedy and Ideology by David KonstanGreek Comedy and Ideology by David Konstan

Greek Comedy and Ideology

byDavid Konstan

Hardcover | June 1, 1988

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In comedy, happy endings resolve real-world conflicts. These conflicts, in turn, leave their mark on the texts in the form of gaps in plot and inconsistencies of characterization. Greek Comedy and Ideology analyzes how the structure of ancient Greek comedy betrays and responds to culturaltensions in the society of the classical city-state. It explores the utopian vision of Aristophanes' comedies--for example, an all-powerful city inhabited by birds, or a world of limitless wealth presided over by the god of wealth himself--as interventions in the political issues of his time. DavidKonstan goes on to examine the more private world of Menandrean comedy (including two adaptations of Menander by the Roman playwright Terence), in which problems of social status, citizenship, and gender are negotiated by means of elaborately contrived plots. In conclusion, Konstan looks at animitation of ancient comedy by Moliere, and the way in which the ideology of emerging capitalism transforms the premises of the classical genre.
David Konstan is at Brown University.
Title:Greek Comedy and IdeologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195092945

ISBN - 13:9780195092943


Editorial Reviews

"...Konstan offers intelligent, reliable, and unltimately convincing reading of these plays."--New England Classical Journal