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Dionysism and Comedy : Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Paperback) - Xavier Riu

Dionysism and Comedy

Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780847694426
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book investigates the idea of comic seriousness in Old Comedy. The issue has been a vexing one in classical studies, and the most traditional stance has been that Aristophanes' comedies reflect his personal ideology, reducing the plays to little more than political speeches. Riu concludes, in contrast, that we should abandon our preconceptions about comic seriousness and approach the language of Aristophanes with care and precision, alert to the nuances of meaning that the comic genre entails. Attempting to set Old Comedy in its proper context, Riu explores the myth and ritual of Dionysus in the city-state (including a reading of Euripides's "Bacchae" and other sources) and relates the patterns found in those myths to the works of Aristophanes. The book concludes with a section on the relationship between comedy and reality, the import of insults in comedy, comedy as ritual, the relationship between author and character, and the seriousness of comedy. With an appendix that examines the exceptional case of Clouds, "Dionysus and Comedy" is an important resource for students and scholars of classical comedy and the comedic genre.

This study of Dionysus and his functions is well informed and wide-ranging, and Riu's method illuminates many passages in Aristophanes' works.--CHOICE

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introductionp. 1
The Reading of Old Comedyp. 11
Dionysus in Greek Religionp. 49
Dionysus the Greekp. 53
Mythic Geographies: Dionysiac Mixturesp. 59
Dionysus and the Cityp. 75
Happiness and the Deadp. 87
Dionysism and Comedyp. 113
Presentation of the Comic Dionysism: Frogsp. 115
The Negation of the City: Wasps and Knightsp. 143
The Foundation of a Comic City: Birdsp. 155
The Role of Women in Comedy and in Religion: Lysistrata, Thesmophoriazusae, and Ecclesiazusaep. 165
Peace and Justice: Acharnians, Peace, and Plutusp. 211
Comedy and Reality: How to Save the Cityp. 229
The Problem of Clouds: A Defense of the City?p. 261
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 285
About the Authorp. 294
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ISBN: 9780847694426
ISBN-10: 0847694429
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 14.76  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37