Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: Affect, Aesthetics, by Mario Telò

By Mario Telò

The Greek playwright Aristophanes (active 427–386 BCE) is frequently portrayed because the poet who introduced balance, self-discipline, and class to the rowdy theatrical style of outdated Comedy. during this groundbreaking ebook, positioned in the affective flip within the humanities, Mario Telò explores an important but understudied query: how did this view of Aristophanes come up, and why did his reputation ultimately eclipse that of his rivals?

Telò boldly strains Aristophanes’s upward push, sarcastically, to the defeat of his play Clouds on the nice Dionysia of 423 BCE. shut readings of his revised Clouds and different works, akin to Wasps, discover references to the sooner Clouds, provided by way of Aristophanes as his failed try and heal the viewers, who're mirrored within the performs as one of those dysfunctional father. during this proto-canonical narrative of failure, grounded within the unique emotions of other comedian modes, Aristophanic comedy turns into solid as a prestigious item, a tender, protecting cloak intended to safeguard audience from the debilitating results of rivals’ comedies and repair a feeling of paternal accountability and authority. institutions among troubled fathers and therapeutic sons, among viewers and poet, are proven to be on the heart of the discourse that has formed Aristophanes’s canonical dominance ever since.

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