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The comedies of Aristophanes are identified not just for his or her boldly ingenious plots yet for the ways that they comprise and orchestrate a wide selection of literary genres and speech types. in contrast to the writers of tragedy, preferring a uniformly increased tone, Aristophanes articulates his dramatic discussion with remarkable literary and linguistic juxtapositions, generating a carnivalesque medley of genres that always forces either viewers and reader to readjust their views. during this full of life and unique examine, Charles Platter translates the complexities of Aristophanes' paintings during the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin's severe writing.

This publication charts a brand new path for Aristophanic comedy, taking its lead from the paintings of Bakhtin. Bakhtin describes the best way a number of voices―vocabularies, tones, and types of language originating in several social sessions and contexts―appear and have interaction inside of literary texts. He argues that the dynamic caliber of literature arises from the dialogic kin that exist between those voices. even if Bakhtin utilized his idea basically to the epic and the radical, Platter unearths in his paintings profound implications for Aristophanic comedy, the place stylistic heterogeneity is the genre's lifeblood.

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Burlesque of myth was common in the satyr plays as well. This aspect of the genre can be seen in the only complete example to survive, Euripides’ Cyclops, which revisits the story of Odysseus’s visit to the island of Polyphemus, best known from the ninth book of the Odyssey. Thus when comic writers like Cratinus produce comedies with titles like Odysseuses and treat the story of the Trojan War (Dionysalexandros), they may well have been traversing territory well trod by the tragic poets in satyric drama.

Iambic trimeter is a better candidate for providing a dialogizing element in tragedy. Aristotle also says that iambic trimeter is the meter closest to “natural” speech (Poetics 1449a25–29). Thus there is some basis for saying that rhythmically it exerts a slight contemporizing effect on its immediate surroundings, relativizing the meters that are further removed from typical speech. Yet even this aspect of tragic diction is rather muted, especially when compared with what we find in Aristophanes.

E. , comic competitions were introduced into the ritual program of the Lenaia, also a festival of Dionysus, but occurring earlier in the year before the start of the sailing season, the better weather of which allowed for travel and, consequently, the arrival of non-Athenians. 61 At some time prior to the festival, writers would apply to the official in charge and ask for a chorus (Knights 513). It is not known how the participants in the dramatic contests were chosen, but there were sufficient writers of Old Comedy to make necessary regular procedures 24 Aristophanes and the Carnival of Genres for choosing among the applicants.

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