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Bibliography on Aspects of Comedy

Plot and Structure

Dover, Kenneth. 1972. "Structure and Style." In Aristophanic Comedy. California. 66-72.

Aristotle, Poetics 49b25-54a15

Anderson, W. S. 1993. "Plautus' Plotting: The Lover Upstaged." In Barbarian Play: Plautus' Roman Comedy. Toronto. 60-78.

Character

Whitman, C. 1964. "Comic Heroism." In Aristophanes and the Comic Hero. Harvard. 21-58.

Aristotle, Poetics 50b1-20, 54a15-54b18; Reconstruction of Poetics II, 4.1.2

Duckworth, George. 1952. "Character and Characterization." In The Nature of Roman Comedy. Princeton. 236-71.

Anderson, W. S. 1993. "Plautus' Characters and Themes." In Barbarian Play: Plautus' Roman Comedy. Toronto. 88-106.

Wiles, David. The Masks of Menander.

Music

Dover, Kenneth. 1972. "Lyric Stanzas." In Aristophanic Comedy. California. 68-72.

Wiles, David. 2000. "The aulos-player." In Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction. Cambridge. 144-47.

Csapo, Eric and William J. Slater. 1995. "Music" and "The Chorus." In The Context of Ancient Drama. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press. 331-68.

Moore, Timothy J. 1999. "Facing the Music: Character and Musical Accompaniment in Roman Comedy." Syllecta Classica 10: 130-53. 882.009 C884 1999

Moore, Timothy J. "Music and Structure in Roman Comedy." American Journal of Philology 119 (1998) 245-73.

Marshall, C. W. 2006. "Music and Metre." The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy. Cambridge. 203-44.

Costumes, masks, properties

Compton-Engle, Gwendolyn. Costume in the Comedies of Aristophanes.Cambridge: Cambridge, 2015.

Green, Richard, and Eric Handley, "Aristophanes and Others: The Comedy of Athens"; "Menander and the Comedy of Manners." Images of the Greek Theatre. Austin: Texas, 1995. 49-57, 71-85.

Ketterer, Robert. "Stage Properties in Plautine Comedy I." Semiotica 58 (1986) 193-216.

Ketterer, Robert. "Stage Properties in Plautine Comedy III. Props in Four Plays of Identity." Semiotica 60 (1986) 29-72.

Ley, Graham. "A Material World: Costumes, Properties, and Scenic Effects." The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre. Ed. M. M. McDonald and J. M. Walton. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2007. 268-85.

Marshall, C. W. "Costume." The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2006. 56-66. "Stage Properties," 66-72. "Masks," 126-58.

McCart, Gregory. "Masks in Greek and Roman Theatre." The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre. Ed. M. M. McDonald and J. M. Walton. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2007. 247-67.

Saunders, Catharine. Costume in Roman Comedy. New York: AMS Press, 1966.

Wiles, David. "The System of Masks"; "The Four Mask Genera." The Masks of Menander. Cambridge: Cambridge, 1991. 68-99, 150-87.

Humor

Aristotle, Reconstruction of Poetics II, 3.2.1-2, "The Laughable." Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. Richard Janko. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987.

Noel Carroll, "Notes on the Sight Gag," in Andrew S. Horton, ed. Comedy/Cinema/Theory, 25-42.

Jeffrey Henderson, "The Dramatic Function of Obscenity in the Plays of Aristophanes: Clouds," 70-78 from The Maculate Muse.

Ramona Curry, "Goin' to Town and Beyond: Mae West, Film Censorship and the Comedy of Unmarriage," in Classical Hollywood Comedy, pp. 211-37

Duckworth, George. 1952. "Language and Style." In The Nature of Roman Comedy. Princeton. 331-60.

Steiner, Deborah. "Beetle Tracks: Entomology, Scatology, and the Discourse of Abuse." Kakos: Badness and Anti-Value in Classical Antiquity. Ed. R. Rosen and I. Sluiter. Leiden: Brill, 2008. 83-117.

Storey, Ian. "Bad Language in Aristophanes." Kakos: Badness and Anti-Value in Classical Antiquity. Ed. R. Rosen and I. Sluiter. Leiden: Brill, 2008. 119-41.

Wilkins, John. "Comic Cuisine: Food and Eating in the Comic Polis." The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama. Ed. G. Dobrov. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1997. 250-68.

Gender

Wiles, David. 2000. "Gender." In Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction. Cambridge. 66-89, esp. 66-70, 73-86

Zweig, Bella. 1992. "The Mute Nude Female Characters in Aristophanes' Plays." In Amy Richlin, ed. Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome. Oxford. 73-89.

Helene Foley, "The Female Intruder Reconsidered: Women in Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Ecclesiazusae." Classical Philology 77 (1982) 1-21 (esp. section about Lysistrata)

Christopher Faraone, "Priestess and Courtesan: The Ambivalence of Female Leadership in Aristophanes' Lysistrata," in C. Faraone and L. McClure, eds., Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World (Wisconsin 2006) 207-23.

Madeleine Henry, "Ethos, Mythos, Praxis: Women in Menander's Comedy," Helios (1986) 141-149, and Tina Olsen Lent, "Romantic Love and Friendship: The Redefinition of Gender Relations in Screwball Comedy," in Classical Hollywood Comedy, pp. 314-31.

McClure, Laura. "Obscenity, Gender, and Social Status in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae and Ecclesiazusae." Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama. Princeton: Princeton, 1999. 205-58.

Kathleen Rowe, "Comedy, Melodrama, and Gender: Theorizing the Genres of Laughter," in Classical Hollywood Comedy

Ethnicity and Orientalism

Patterson, Cynthia. "Other Sorts: Slaves, Foreigners, and Women in Periclean Athens." In L. J. Samons, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles. Cambridge. 153-78.

Hall, Jonathan. 2002. "The Barbarian Enters the Stage." In Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture. Chicago. 172-89.

Moore, Timothy J. 1998. "Greece or Rome?" In The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience. Texas. 50-66.

Starks, John H., Jr. 2000. "Nullus Me Est Hodie Poenus Poenior: Balanced Ethnic Humor in Plautus' Poenulus." Helios 27.2: 163-86.

George Fredric Franko. 1996. "The Characterization of Hanno in Plautus' Poenulus." American Journal of Philology 117: 425-452.

Matthew Leigh. 2004. "Plautus and Hannibal." In Comedy and the Rise of Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 24-56.

Stewart, Roberta. "Release from Slavery." Plautus and Roman Slavery. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 117-55, focusing on Rudens and Menaechmi.

Winokur, Mark. 1985. "Smile, Stranger: Aspects of Immigrant Humor in the Marx Brothers' Humor." Literature/Film Quarterly 13: 161-71.

Actor/Spectator

Dover, Kenneth. 1972. "Illusion, Instruction and Entertainment." In Aristophanic Comedy. California. 49-65, esp. 49-53 and 55-59.

Moore, Timothy J. 1998. "Characters and Spectators." In The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience. Texas. 24-49.

Slater, Niall. "Convention and Reaction," 147-67, and "The Ruse of Persia--or--The Story-Telling Slaves," 37-54, from Plautus in Performance (Princeton 1985).

Slater, Niall. Spectator Politics: Metatheatre and Performance in Aristophanes. Philadelphia: Penn, 2002.

The Playwright

Sommerstein, Alan. "Harassing the Satirist: The Alleged Attempts to Prosecute Aristophanes." Free Speech in Classical Antiquity. Ed. I Sluiter and R. Rosen. Leiden: Brill, 2004. 145-74.

Intertextuality

Bakola, Emmanuela. Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2013.

Heath, Malcolm. "Aristophanes and the Discourse of Politics." The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama. Ed. G. Dobrov. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1997. 230-49.

Platter, Charles. "Dikaiopolis on Modern Art." Aristophanes and the Carnival of Genres. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2007. 42-62.

Sharrock, Alison. "Repeat Performance." Reading Roman Comedy: Poetics and Playfulness in Plautus and Terence. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2009. 204-49 on Rudens, Eunuchus, and Hecyra.

Telo, Mario. "Epic, Nostos, and Generic Genealogy in Aristophanes' Peace." Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres. Ed. E. Bakola. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2013. 129-54.

 

 

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