The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

Edited by Michael Fontaine , Edited by Adele C. Scafuro

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In recent decades literary approaches to drama have multiplied: new historical, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New information has been amassed, sometimes by re-examination of extant literary texts and material artifacts, at other times from new discoveries from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, art history, and literary studies. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From the birth of comedy in Greece to its end in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the death of Menander to its artistic, scholarly, and literary receptions in the later Roman Empire, no topic is neglected. 41 essays spread across Greek Comedy, Roman Comedy, and the transmission and reception of Ancient comedy by an international team of experts offer cutting-edge guides through the immense terrain of the field, while an expert introduction surveys the major trends and shifts in scholarly study of comedy from the 1960s to today. The Handbook includes two detailed appendices that provide invaluable research tools for both scholars and students. The result offers Hellenists an excellent overview of the earliest reception and creative reuse of Greek New Comedy, Latinists a broad perspective of the evolution of Roman Comedy, and scholars and students of classics an excellent resource and tipping point for future interdisciplinary research.

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  • Hardback | 912 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 36mm | 1,459.98g
  • 08 Apr 2014
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 34 illus.
  • 0199743541
  • 9780199743544

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Michael Fontaine is Associate Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Cornell University. He has published widely on Latin literature, especially Roman Comedy, and is the author of Funny Words in Plautine Comedy (Oxford University Press 2010). Adele C. Scafuro is Professor of Classics at Brown University. She has published numerous essays on Greek law, epigraphy, and drama, and is the author of The Forensic Stage. Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy (CUP 1997) and most recently, a translation, Demosthenes. Speeches 39-49 (U. of Texas 2011).

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"Fontaine (Cornell) and Scafuro (Brown) have created a handbook that is a model of its kind and a mine of information. The essays, written by experts from many countries besides the US and UK, cover all the central topics of ancient comedy, and in a way that makes the volume a true handbook. Readers will appreciate this volume for its clear guidance and abundant information on (among other topics) meter, performance, individual dramatists, the historical development of ancient comedy, the role of comedy in ancient society, and Greek comic papyri discovered in the last 40 years... Highly recommended." --Choice

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