Greek Comedy and Ideology

David Konstan

In comedy, satisfied endings unravel real-world conflicts. those conflicts, in flip, go away their mark at the texts within the type of gaps in plot and inconsistencies of characterization. Greek Comedy and Ideology analyzes how the constitution of old Greek comedy betrays and responds to cultural tensions within the society of the classical city-state. It explores the utopian imaginative and prescient of Aristophanes' comedies--for instance, an omnipotent urban inhabited through birds, or an international of unlimited wealth presided over through the god of wealth himself--as interventions within the political problems with his time. David Konstan is going directly to learn the extra deepest international of Menandrean comedy (including variations of Menander through the Roman playwright Terence), during which difficulties of social prestige, citizenship, and gender are negotiated by way of elaborately contrived plots. In end, Konstan seems at an imitation of historical comedy by way of Moliére, and how during which the ideology of rising capitalism transforms the premises of the classical genre.

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