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By Kenneth J. Reckford

This startling and unique research emerged from Kenneth Rockford's desire to vindicate Aristophanes' Clouds opposed to detractors. because of years of rereading and instructing Aristophanes, he discovered that the Clouds couldn't be defended in an research of that play in isolation. a greater procedure, he determined, will be to outline a comic book viewpoint in which Aristophanes' comedies usually in addition to the Clouds particularly might be appreciated.

This first quantity of Reckford's safety examines the comedies as a complete in a sequence of defining essays, every one with its personal dominant quandary and approach to process. the writer starts off by way of exploring no longer the standard questions of Aristophanes' political attitudes and his position within the improvement of comedy, yet particularly the festive, celebratory, and Dionysian nature of previous Comedy. the following and during the e-book Reckford illustrates Aristophanes' kind of comedy with analogies to Rabelais, Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Alice in Wonderland, and The fabulous Wizard of Oz.

In the remainder essays Reckford is going past the standard Freudian methods, reinterpreting the comedian catharsis as a rationalization of wishing and hoping. He additionally explores the expansion of performs from comedian suggestion to comedian functionality, in methods mirrored in Tom Stoppard's performs at the present time. basically then are Aristophanes' simple political loyalties defined, in addition to where of his previous- and-new comedy in the historical past of the genre.

In a e-book that's as a lot approximately comedy more often than not because it is set Aristophanes particularly, a few performs are taken care of extra totally than others. Reckford discusses the Wasps at size, evaluating the symbolic ameliorations and comedian recognitions within the play with dream event and dream interpretation. He additionally analyzes the Peace, the Acharians, the Birds, and the Frogs. Reckford's vindication of the Clouds will seem within the moment quantity of his safety, Clouds of Glory.

Reckford's playful translations shield the puns and anachronisms of Aristophanes, keeping the playwright's comedian feeling and tone. Combining conventional classical scholarship with numerous literary, mental, and anthropological ways, he has written a examine that might entice either the educational viewers and the final reader who cares approximately comedy.

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