Slaves, Masters, and the Art of Authority in Plautine Comedy by Kathleen McCarthy

By Kathleen McCarthy

What pleasures did Plautus' heroic tricksters offer their unique viewers? How should still we comprehend the compelling mixture of uprising and social conservatism that Plautus bargains? via a detailed analyzing of 4 performs representing the entire diversity of his paintings (Menaechmi, Casina, Persa, and Captivi), Kathleen McCarthy develops an cutting edge version of Plautine comedy and its social results. She concentrates on how the performs are formed through the interplay of 2 comedian modes: the socially conservative mode of naturalism and the doubtless subversive mode of farce. it really is accurately this stability of the naturalistic and the farcical that enables everybody within the audience--especially these good positioned within the social hierarchy--to establish either with and opposed to the insurgent, to think either the joys of being a smart underdog and the complacency of being a securely ensconced authority figure.

Basing her interpretation at the workings of farce and naturalism in Plautine comedy, McCarthy unearths how to comprehend the performs' patchwork literary sort in addition to their protean social results. past this, she increases vital questions on renowned literature and function not just on old Roman phases yet in cultures faraway from Plautus' Rome. How and why do humans establish with the fictitious figures of social subordinates? How do inventory characters, chuffed endings, and different conventions function? How does comedy concurrently dissatisfied and uphold social hierarchies? students drawn to Plautine theater may be rewarded by way of the distinct analyses of the performs, whereas these extra widely drawn to social and cultural heritage will locate a lot that's priceless in McCarthy's new approach of greedy the elusive ideological results of comedy.

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The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought by Michael Silk,Ingo Gildenhard,Rosemary Barrow

By Michael Silk,Ingo Gildenhard,Rosemary Barrow

The Classical culture: artwork, Literature, Thought offers an authoritative, coherent and wide-ranging consultant to the afterlife of Greco-Roman antiquity in later Western cultures and a ground-breaking reinterpretation of huge points of Western tradition as a complete from a classical perspective.

  • Features a distinct blend of chronological variety, cultural scope, coherent argument, and unified analysis
  • Written in a full of life, enticing, and chic manner
  • Presents an cutting edge evaluate of the afterlife of antiquity
  • Crosses disciplinary barriers to make new feel of a wealthy number of fabric, hardly introduced together
  • Fully illustrated with a mixture of colour and black & white images

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Vertreten, Ersetzen, Vertauschen: Phänomene der by Christiane Witthöft

By Christiane Witthöft

Das kulturelle Wissen um Formen der Stellvertretung und Substitution umfasst Denk- und Wahrnehmungsmuster, die in den komplexen Erzählzusammenhängen des mittelhochdeutschen Prosalancelot einen thematischen Leitgedanken generieren, der in Fragen der Sinnkonstitution, Figurengestaltung und Erzähltechnik neue Akzente setzt. Ungeachtet der Heterogenität des Werkes lassen sich sowohl in der politischen Artus- als auch in der religiösen Gralswelt Handlungsmuster des Vertretens, Ersetzens und Vertauschens beobachten. Sie reflektieren in den textinternen Konstellationen von Macht, Liebe und Freundschaft Aspekte der (Un-)Ersetzbarkeit und
(Un-)Vertretbarkeit in der Identitätskonzeption und pointieren eine Innerlichkeit und Gegenwärtigkeit. Diese Handlungsnormen werden auf den verschiedenen Erzähl- und Bedeutungsebenen diskutiert: in den feudalhöfischen Erzählzusammenhängen eines textinternen 'Fürstenspiegels' für König Artus, in den Beziehungsgeflechten von Freundschaft und Liebe, in dem Erzählmuster der 'vertauschten/ untergeschobenen Braut' (Bertasage, Brangäne-Motiv) oder aber in den religiösen Aspekten der Gralswelt.

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The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic by Ármann Jakobsson,Sverrir Jakobsson

By Ármann Jakobsson,Sverrir Jakobsson

The final fifty years have obvious an important switch within the concentration of saga reports, from a preoccupation with origins and improvement to a renewed curiosity in different subject matters, resembling the character of the sagas and their worth as resources to medieval ideologies and mentalities.


The Routledge learn better half to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas provides a close interdisciplinary exam of saga scholarship over the past fifty years, occasionally juxtaposing it with prior perspectives and reading the sagas either as artworks and as resource fabrics.


This quantity should be of curiosity to previous Norse and medieval Scandinavian students and available to medievalists in general.

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The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga by Clunies Ross

By Clunies Ross

The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is among the most crucial ecu vernacular literary genres of the center a long time. This advent to the saga style outlines its origins and improvement, its literary personality, its fabric life in manuscripts and revealed variations, and its altering reception from the center a long time to the current time. Its a number of sub-genres - together with kin sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are defined and mentioned intimately, and the realm of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. the 1st normal examine of the previous Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for a few a long time, the advent is predicated on updated scholarship and engages with present debates within the box. With feedback for extra analyzing, certain information regarding the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this publication is geared toward scholars of medieval literature and assumes no earlier wisdom of Scandinavian languages.

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Catullus (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) by Julia Haig Gaisser

By Julia Haig Gaisser

Oxford Readings in Catullus is a suite of articles that symbolize a sampling of the main attention-grabbing and critical paintings on Catullus from round 1950 to 2000, including 3 very brief items from the Renaissance. The readings, chosen for his or her intrinsic curiosity and value, are meant to be thought-provoking (and at times provocative) and to problem readers to examine Catullus in several methods. They reveal a few techniques - stylistic, old, literary-historical, New serious, and theoretical (of a number of flavours). Such hermeneutic range is especially acceptable with regards to Catullus, whose oeuvre is famously - a few may well say notoriously - various in size, style, tone, and material. the gathering as an entire demonstrates what has Catullus' readers within the final part century and indicates a number of the ways that they could method his poetry sooner or later. it really is followed via an creation through Julia Haig Gaisser on topics in Catullan feedback from 1950-2000.

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Carmina anacreontea 1-34: Ein Kommentar (Beiträge zur by Alexia Zotou

By Alexia Zotou

Die vorliegende Studie enthält neue Übersetzungen und Interpretationsansätze zu den ersten 34 Gedichten des anakreontischen Corpus. Ziel der Studie ist es, ein möglichst repräsentatives Bild dieser Spielart der kaiserzeitlichen Lyrik zu skizzieren, indem Einflüsse sowohl älterer als auchzeitgenössischer literarischer Gattungen aufderen Gestaltungmitberücksichtigt werden.

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Krieg und Bürgerkrieg bei Lucan und in der griechischen by Annemarie Ambühl

By Annemarie Ambühl

In seinem Bürgerkriegsepos fiktionalisiert Lucan den historischen Stoff in einer intensiven literarischen Auseinandersetzung mit seinen Vorgängern, die bisher meist anhand seines Verhältnisses zur Geschichtsschreibung und zur römischen Epik untersucht worden ist. Die vorliegende Studie schließt eine Lücke der Lucan-Forschung, indem sie den Blick über die Sprach- und Gattungsgrenzen hinweg auf die Rezeption der griechischen Literatur richtet, insbesondere der attischen Tragödie und der hellenistischen Dichtung. Am Beispiel ausgewählter Passagen wird die Bedeutung von mythisch-literarischen Modellen wie dem Troianischen Krieg und dem Bruderkrieg um Theben für Lucans epische Gestaltung des Bürgerkriegsthemas aufgezeigt. Mittels intertextueller und narratologischer Analysen wird die variation und Transformation der griechischen Prätexte untersucht, die im Bellum civile sowohl direkt als auch in der Vermittlung über lateinische Texte, etwa die Tragödien Senecas, rezipiert sind. Dabei soll auch der Frage nachgegangen werden, in welcher Weise in unterschiedlichen historischen und gesellschaftlichen Kontexten der antiken Kultur Kriegs- und Bürgerkriegserfahrungen im Medium des Mythos und der Dichtung gespiegelt werden.

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Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing by Kristina Milnor

By Kristina Milnor

The age of Augustus has lengthy been famous as a time whilst the Roman nation placed a brand new emphasis on `traditional' female family beliefs, but whilst gave genuine public prominence to convinced girls of their roles as other halves, moms, sisters, and daughters. Kristina Milnor takes up a sequence of texts and their contexts with a purpose to discover this paradox. via an exam of authors resembling Vitruvius, Livy, Valerius Maximus, Seneca the Elder, and Columella, she argues that woman domesticity used to be either a precept and an issue for early imperial writers, as they sought to build a brand new definition of who and what constituted Roman public life.

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