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The Death of Comedy

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$56.00 • £44.95 • €50.50

ISBN 9780674012479

Publication Date: 10/30/2003


608 pages


  • Preface
  • 1. Etymologies: Getting to the Root of It
  • 2. The Song of the Komos
  • 3. The Lyre and the Phallus
  • 4. Aristophanes: The One and Only?
  • 5. Failure and Success
  • 6. The Birds: The Uncensored Fantasy
  • 7. Requiem for a Genre?
  • 8. The Comic Catastrophe
  • 9. O Menander! O Life!
  • 10. Plautus Makes an Entrance
  • 11. A Plautine Problem Play
  • 12. Terence: The African Connection
  • 13. The Mother-in-Law of Modern Comedy
  • 14. Machiavelli: The Comedy of Evil
  • 15. Marlowe: Schade and Freude
  • 16. Shakespeare: Errors and Eros
  • 17. Twelfth Night: Dark Clouds over Illyria
  • 18. Molière: The Class of ’68
  • 19. The Fox, the Fops, and the Factotum
  • 20. Comedy Explodes
  • 21. Beckett: The Death of Comedy
  • Coda
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, 2001 Association of American Publishers PSP Award, Literature and Language Category
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