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The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy

The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy

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Alison Sharrock, Gesine Manuwald, Costas Panayotakis, Mario Telò, Robert Germany, C. W. Marshall, Timothy J. Moore, Isabella Tardin Cardoso, David Christenson, Evangelos Karakasis, Martin T. Dinter, William Fitzgerald, Dorota Dutsch, Anna Clark, Andreas Bartholomä, Elaine Fantham, Radden Keefe, Marek Thue Kretschmer, Robert S. Miola, Céline Candiard, Florian Hurka
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  • Publication planned for: March 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173889

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy provides a comprehensive critical introduction to Roman comedy and its reception through more than twenty accessible and up-to-date chapters by leading international scholars. This book defines the fundamentals of Roman comedy by examining its literary and comic technique as well as its stagecraft and music, and then traces the genre's influence through the centuries. Roman comedy has served as a model for writers as well as artists ranging from Shakespeare to Molière and from Martin Luther to Cole Porter. Just as the Middle Ages spawned Christianised versions of Terence's comedies, in which harlots find God rather than a husband and young men become martyrs rather than never-do-well lovers, the twentieth century has also given us its take on Roman comedy with Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and numerous modern versions of Plautus' Amphitryon.

    • Provides a clear and accessible overview of Roman comedy, one of the most widely read genres of Latin poetry
    • Features cutting-edge research by scholars from a wide range of academic backgrounds
    • Includes a number of chapters on the reception of Roman comedy, ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century
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    • Publication planned for: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173889
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of extant plays by Plautus and Terence
    Introduction: Roman comedy Alison Sharrock
    Part I. The World of Roman Comedy:
    1. Plautus and Terence in their Roman contexts Gesine Manuwald
    2. Native Italian drama and its influence on Plautus Costas Panayotakis
    3. Roman comedy and the poetics of adaptation Mario Telò
    4. The politics of Roman comedy Robert Germany
    Part II. The Fabric of Roman Comedy:
    5. Stage action in Roman comedy C. W. Marshall
    6. Music and metre Timothy J. Moore
    7. Comic technique Isabella Tardin Cardoso
    8. Metatheatre David Christenson
    9. The language of Roman comedy Evangelos Karakasis
    Part III. The Sociology of Roman Comedy:
    10. Fathers and sons Martin T. Dinter
    11. Slaves and Roman comedy William Fitzgerald
    12. Mothers and whores Dorota Dutsch
    13. Gods and Roman comedy Anna Clark
    14. Legal laughter Andreas Bartholomä
    15. Family finances Elaine Fantham
    Part IV. The Reception of Roman Comedy:
    16. The reception of Republican comedy in antiquity Gesine Manuwald
    17. The manuscripts and illustration of Plautus and Terence Beatrice Radden Keefe
    18. The anti-Terentian dramas of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim Marek Thue Kretschmer
    19. Roman comedy in early modern England Robert S. Miola
    20. Roman comedy in early modern Italy and France Céline Candiard
    21. Roman comedy in Germany (from humanism to Lessing) Florian Hurka
    22. Roman comedy on stage and screen in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Céline Candiard.

  • Editor

    Martin T. Dinter, King's College London
    Martin T. Dinter is Senior Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at King's College London. He is author of Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique (2013) and co-editor of A Companion to the Neronian Age (2013) as well as three volumes on Roman declamation: Reading Roman Declaration: The Declamations Ascribed to Quintilian (2016), Reading Roman Declaration: Calpurnius Flaccus (2017) and Reading Roman Declaration: Seneca the Elder (forthcoming). He has written articles on Roman drama, Roman epic and epigram, and is currently working on a book on Cato the Elder.

    Contributors

    Alison Sharrock, Gesine Manuwald, Costas Panayotakis, Mario Telò, Robert Germany, C. W. Marshall, Timothy J. Moore, Isabella Tardin Cardoso, David Christenson, Evangelos Karakasis, Martin T. Dinter, William Fitzgerald, Dorota Dutsch, Anna Clark, Andreas Bartholomä, Elaine Fantham, Radden Keefe, Marek Thue Kretschmer, Robert S. Miola, Céline Candiard, Florian Hurka

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