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The Comedian as Critic: Greek Old Comedy and Poetics.


The Comedian as Critic: Greek Old Comedy and Poetics

Matthew Wright



238 pages



Classicist Wright tries to makes sense of the jokes about poets and poetry that abound in fifth-century Athenian comedy, and asks what comedy can reveal about the early history and development of literary criticism. He discusses reading comic criticism, literary contests, novelty, the metaphorical language of criticism, and the comedian as reader. Among specific topics are the social utility of literature, the theater audience and the adjudication process, old versus new in late fifth-century Athens, bodily functions, and autonomous and gnomic quotations. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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