Jonson Shakespeare and Aristotle on Comedy

By first synthesizing these developments and then treating them as an interpretive theory, rather than simply an historical influence, this book demonstrates a remarkable consonance between Aristotelian principles of plot and its emotional ...

Author: Jonathan Goossen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351658683

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy relates new understandings of Aristotle’s dramatic theory to the comedy of Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. Typically, scholars of Renaissance drama have treated Aristotle’s theory only as a possible historical influence on Jonson’s and Shakespeare’s drama, focusing primarily on their tragedies. Yet recent classical scholarship has undone important misconceptions about Aristotle’s Poetics held by early modern commentators and fleshed out the theory of comedy latent within it. By first synthesizing these developments and then treating them as an interpretive theory, rather than simply an historical influence, this book demonstrates a remarkable consonance between Aristotelian principles of plot and its emotional effect, on the one hand, and the comedy of Shakespeare and Jonson, on the other. In doing so, it also reveals surprising similarities between these seemingly divergent dramatists.

The Lost Second Book of Aristotle s Poetics

But he does not actually address any of those ideas. The surviving Poetics is incomplete. Until today. Here, Walter Watson offers a new interpretation of the lost second book of Aristotle's Poetics.

Author: Walter Watson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226274119

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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Of all the writings on theory and aesthetics—ancient, medieval, or modern—the most important is indisputably Aristotle’s Poetics, the first philosophical treatise to propound a theory of literature. In the Poetics, Aristotle writes that he will speak of comedy—but there is no further mention of comedy. Aristotle writes also that he will address catharsis and an analysis of what is funny. But he does not actually address any of those ideas. The surviving Poetics is incomplete. Until today. Here, Walter Watson offers a new interpretation of the lost second book of Aristotle's Poetics. Based on Richard Janko’s philological reconstruction of the epitome, a summary first recovered in 1839 and hotly contested thereafter, Watson mounts a compelling philosophical argument that places the statements of this summary of the Aristotelian text in their true context. Watson renders lucid and complete explanations of Aristotle’s ideas about catharsis, comedy, and a summary account of the different types of poetry, ideas that influenced not only Cicero’s theory of the ridiculous, but also Freud’s theory of jokes, humor, and the comic. Finally, more than two millennia after it was first written, and after five hundred years of scrutiny, Aristotle’s Poetics is more complete than ever before. Here, at last, Aristotle’s lost second book is found again.

Laughter Humor and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy

Carroll, N. (2014), Humor, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cooper, L. (1920), “A
Pun in the Rhetoric of Aristotle,” American Journal of Philology 41: 48–56.
Cooper, L. (1924), An Aristotelian Theory of Comedy, New York: Harcourt.
Destrée, P.

Author: Pierre Destrée

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190460549

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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"Ancient philosophers were very interested in the themes of laughter, humor and comedy. They theorized about laughter and its causes, moralized about the appropriate uses of humor and what it is appropriate to laugh at, and wrote treaties on comedic composition. Further, they were often merciless in ridiculing their opponents' positions, often borrowing comedic devices and techniques from comic poetry and drama to do so. The volume is organized around three themes that were important for ancient philosophers: the psychology of laughter, the ethical and social norms governing laughter and humor. and the philosophical uses of humor and comedic technique"--

Poetics

Extraordinarily influential treatise on fine art contains seminal ideas on nature of drama, tragedy, poetry, music and more. Catharsis, tragic flaw, unities of time and place, other concepts.

Author: Aristotle

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486110714

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 64

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Extraordinarily influential treatise on fine art contains seminal ideas on nature of drama, tragedy, poetry, music and more. Catharsis, tragic flaw, unities of time and place, other concepts.

The Catharsis of Comedy

Comedy criticism has lacked a theoretical underpinning both to facilitate the work of interpretation and to generate a satisfactory mode of discourse.

Author: Dana Ferrin Sutton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 0847679055

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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Comedy criticism has lacked a theoretical underpinning both to facilitate the work of interpretation and to generate a satisfactory mode of discourse. In The Catharsis of Comedy, Dana F. Sutton takes the initial steps toward the creation of a comprehensive theory that embraces a number of theoretical constructs and analytical techniques. Sutton begins with an examination of the ideas of such thinkers as Aristotle, Herbert Spencer, Sigmund Freud, and Krishna Menon. Once the workings of comic catharsis are described, Sutton relates his new theory to other theories of comedy and humor, including the ideas of festival comedy set forth by Barber and Bakhtin, Lionel Abel's metatheater, and Konrad Lorenz's suggestion that humor originated in primate expressions of hostility. The result is a theory of enormous potential for the analysis of specific comedies, coupled with the creation of a vocabulary with which analytical discoveries can be discussed.

The Origin of Attic Comedy

Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943)investigates the origin of Attic Comedy.

Author: Francis MacDonald Cornford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521182072

Category: History

Page: 266

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Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943)investigates the origin of Attic Comedy.

The Idea of Comedy

"Disengaging unstated premises to show how the theoretical discourse about comedy often enacts the intellectual disputes of its time, The idea of comedy tracks the history of comic theories along two principal axes.

Author: Jan Hokenson

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838640966

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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"Disengaging unstated premises to show how the theoretical discourse about comedy often enacts the intellectual disputes of its time, The idea of comedy tracks the history of comic theories along two principal axes. The first is historical, showing how the Hellenistic ethical conception devolves into social superiority and then into populist assertions, enidng on the question of whether contemporary comic theory is still populist today." "The second axis is conceptual, sorting theories by types of agreement and dispute. Whether comedy improves the citizens or threatens political instability, whether it insults or enacts moral standards, whether it serves God and the integrated superego or the devil and the anarchic id, are some of the questions addressed by theroists such as Cicero, Maggi, Dryden, Kant, Schopenhauer, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, and Genette." -book jacket.

Aristotle Poetics

Two other unique features are Janko's translations with notes of both the Tractatus Coislinianus, which is argued to be a summary of the lost second book of the Poetics, and fragments of Aristotle's dialogue On Poets, including recently ...

Author: Aristotle

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 0872200337

Category: Philosophy

Page: 261

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Richard Janko's acclaimed translation of Aristotle's Poetics is accompanied by the most comprehensive commentary available in English that does not presume knowledge of the original Greek. Two other unique features are Janko's translations with notes of both the Tractatus Coislinianus, which is argued to be a summary of the lost second book of the Poetics, and fragments of Aristotle's dialogue On Poets, including recently discovered texts about catharsis, which appear in English for the first time.

Making Sense of Aristotle

A collection of essays which examines one of the most seminal as well as cryptic texts of Western criticism

Author: Øivind Andersen

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025746863

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 230

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A collection of essays which examines one of the most seminal as well as cryptic texts of Western criticism

Aristotle

And the want of a terminology connected with this subject is felt throughout the “
Poetic " of Aristotle . Poetry consists in imitation , mainly of the actions of men ;
and there are three great species of it - Epic poetry , Tragedy and Comedy .

Author: Sir Alexander Grant

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044055045322

Category:

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A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar

Notably, Aristotle's original concept of comedy envisioned a mechanism that
allows a culture to reflect a mirror on itself and to offer a lens for critique.54
Comedy, then, is a kind of societal “corrective”—a new perspective on the status
quo.55 ...

Author: Caty Borum Chattoo

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520299771

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Comedy is a powerful contemporary source of influence and information. In the still-evolving digital era, the opportunity to consume and share comedy has never been as available. And yet, despite its vast cultural imprint, comedy is a little-understood vehicle for serious public engagement in urgent social justice issues – even though humor offers frames of hope and optimism that can encourage participation in social problems. Moreover, in the midst of a merger of entertainment and news in the contemporary information ecology, and a decline in perceptions of trust in government and traditional media institutions, comedy may be a unique force for change in pressing social justice challenges. Comedians who say something serious about the world while they make us laugh are capable of mobilizing the masses, focusing a critical lens on injustices, and injecting hope and optimism into seemingly hopeless problems. By combining communication and social justice frameworks with contemporary comedy examples, authors Caty Borum Chattoo and Lauren Feldman show us how comedy can help to serve as a vehicle of change. Through rich case studies, audience research, and interviews with comedians and social justice leaders and strategists, A Comedian and an Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice explains how comedy – both in the entertainment marketplace and as cultural strategy – can engage audiences with issues such as global poverty, climate change, immigration, and sexual assault, and how activists work with comedy to reach and empower publics in the networked, participatory digital media age.

Love Song for the Life of the Mind

Love Song for the Life of the Mind develops the view of comedy that, the author argues, would have been set out in Aristotle's missing second book of Poetics.

Author: Gene Fendt

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813214856

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

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Love Song for the Life of the Mind develops the view of comedy that, the author argues, would have been set out in Aristotle's missing second book of Poetics. As such it is both a philosophical and a historical argument about Aristotle; and the theory of comedy it elucidates is meant to be trans-historically and trans-culturally accurate.

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri

He was the first Schoolman who lectured on Aristotle himself , on Aristotle from
Græco - Latin or Arabo - Latin copies . The whole range of the Stagirite's physical
and metaphysical philosophy was within the scope of Albert's teaching . In later ...

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025691903

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Hegel s Antiquity

If this is a fair extrapolation , Hegel ' s UPI analysis of tragedy does indeed absorb
Aristotle ' s , while tackling , in addition , the chorus , gods , Fate , and tragedy ' s
relations to other poetic genres . Attic tragedy and comedy were traditionally ...

Author: Will D. Desmond

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198839064

Category: Literary Criticism

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Hegel's Antiquity aims to summarize, contextualize, and criticize Hegel's understanding and treatment of major aspects of the classical world, approaching each of the major areas of his historical thinking in turn: politics, art, religion, philosophy, and history itself. The discussion excerpts relevant details from a range of Hegel's works, with an eye both to the ancient sources with which he worked, and the contemporary theories (German aesthetic theory, Romanticism, Kantianism, Idealism (including Hegel's own), and emerging historicism) which coloured his readings. What emerges is that Hegel's interest in both Greek and Roman antiquity was profound and is essential for his philosophy, arguably providing the most important components of his vision of world-history: Hegel is generally understood as a thinker of modernity (in various senses), but his modernity can only be understood in essential relation to its predecessors and 'others', notably the Greek world and Roman world whose essential 'spirit' he assimilates to his own notion of Geist.

The Divine Comedy

He was the first School - more fiery and vigorous enthusiasm of man who
lectured on Aristotle himself , the Dominicans . By them he was sent on Aristotle
from Græco - Latin or Arabu . - no unwilling proselyte and pupil - to Latin copies .

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106001791133

Category: Italian poetry

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Aristotle s Theory of Poetry and Fine Art

Best translation of one of the most influential books in all history. Greek and English on facing pages, plus Butcher's famed 300-page exposition and interpretation of Aristotle's ideas.

Author: Samuel Henry Butcher

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486200426

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 421

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Best translation of one of the most influential books in all history. Greek and English on facing pages, plus Butcher's famed 300-page exposition and interpretation of Aristotle's ideas. Seminal discussions of art and morality, poetic truth, much more.

Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy

934 Frye ' s tone is reproachful , but it is still implicit in his reproach that tragedy
and comedy are , as Aristotle said they were , two opposite types of drama — that
they are , as Samuel Johnson put it in succinct neo - Aristotelian terms , ' two ...

Author: M. S. Silk

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015050547085

Category: Comedy

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This work presents a critical study of Aristophanes. Against the limited view of Aristophanes as Athenian theatrical satirist, Professor Silk identifies him as one of the world's great writers.