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 previous Comedy. during this groundbreaking booklet, positioned in the affective flip within the humanities, Mario Telò explores a necessary but understudied query: how did this view of Aristophanes come up, and why did his reputation finally eclipse that of his rivals?

Telò boldly lines Aristophanes’s upward push, mockingly, to the defeat of his play Clouds on the nice Dionysia of 423 BCE. shut readings of his revised Clouds and different works, corresponding to Wasps, discover references to the sooner Clouds, provided via Aristophanes as his failed try to heal the viewers, who're mirrored within the performs as a type of dysfunctional father. during this proto-canonical narrative of failure, grounded within the special emotions of alternative comedian modes, Aristophanic comedy turns into forged as a prestigious item, a tender, protecting cloak intended to safeguard audience from the debilitating results of rivals’ comedies and fix a feeling of paternal accountability and authority. institutions among stricken 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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