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By Mario Telò

The Greek playwright Aristophanes (active 427–386 BCE) is frequently portrayed because the poet who introduced balance, self-discipline, and class to the rowdy theatrical style of outdated Comedy. during this groundbreaking e-book, located in the affective flip within the humanities, Mario Telò explores an essential but understudied query: how did this view of Aristophanes come up, and why did his acceptance finally eclipse that of his rivals?

Telò boldly strains Aristophanes’s upward push, sarcastically, to the defeat of his play Clouds on the nice Dionysia of 423 BCE. shut readings of his revised Clouds and different works, corresponding to Wasps, discover references to the sooner Clouds, provided via Aristophanes as his failed try to heal the viewers, who're mirrored within the performs as a type of dysfunctional father. during this proto-canonical narrative of failure, grounded within the specified emotions of alternative comedian modes, Aristophanic comedy turns into solid as a prestigious item, a gentle, protecting cloak intended to protect audience from the debilitating results of rivals’ comedies and restoration a feeling of paternal accountability and authority. institutions among stricken fathers and therapeutic sons, among viewers and poet, are proven to be on the middle of the discourse that has formed Aristophanes’s canonical dominance ever since.

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