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Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus in Old Comedy - Hellenic Studies Series v. 20 (Paperback)
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Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus in Old Comedy - Hellenic Studies Series v. 20 (Paperback)

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Paperback 530 Pages / Published: 23/03/2010
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In this groundbreaking study, Anton Bierl uses recent approaches in literary and cultural studies to investigate the chorus of Old Comedy. After an extensive theoretical introduction that also serves as a general introduction to the dramatic chorus from the comic vantage point, a close reading of Aristophanes' "Thesmophoriazusae" shows that ritual is indeed present in both the micro- and macrostructure of Attic comedy, not as a fossilized remnant of the origins of the genre but as part of a still existing performative choral culture. The chorus members do play a role within the dramatic plot, but they simultaneously refer to their own performance in the here and now and to their function as participants in a ritual. Bierl's investigation also includes an unparalleled treatment of the phallic songs preserved by Semos.

Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
ISBN: 9780674023734
Number of pages: 530
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 229 x 140 x 22 mm
Edition: New and REV Englis ed.

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