Cratinus and the Art of Comedy Hardback
Cratinus, one of the lost great poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself.
Using a methodologically innovative approach, Emmanuela Bakola studies the surviving fragments of Cratinus' plays and offers a thorough analysis of the multifaceted art of this poet and his place in the history of comedy.
Issues which she addresses include the creation of a poetic personality within a performativetradition of fierce interpoetic rivalry; the play at the boundaries of the comic genre and the interaction with satyr drama and tragedy, especially Aeschylus; stagecraft and dramaturgy; comic plot-construction and characterization; the author's reflection on his immediate political, social andintellectual context.
As well as providing insight into Cratinus, her book enriches our understanding of fifth-century Athenian comedy in a dynamic evolving environment.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, 3 in-text illustrations, 3 colour plates
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/12/2009
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9780199569359