Performing Greek Comedy
- Publication date:January 2012
- 65 b/w illus. 2 tables
- Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
- Weight: 0.66kg
- In stock
Alan Hughes presents a new complete account of production methods in Greek comedy. The book summarizes contemporary research and disputes, on such topics as acting techniques, theater buildings, masks and costumes, music and the chorus. Evidence is re-interpreted and traditional doctrine overthrown. Comedy is presented as the pan-Hellenic, visual art of theater, not as Athenian literature. Recent discoveries in visual evidence are used to stimulate significant historical revisions. The author has directly examined 350 vase scenes of comedy in performance and actor-figurines, in 75 collections, from Melbourne to St Petersburg. Their testimony is applied to acting techniques and costumes, and women's participation in comedy and mime. The chapters are arranged by topic, for convenient reference by scholars and students of theater history, literature, classics and drama. Overall, the book provides a fresh practical insight into this continually developing subject.
Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012