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Slaves, masters, and the art of authority in Plautine comedy

Author: Kathleen McCarthy
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through a close reading of four plays representing the full range of his work (Menaechmi, Casina, Persa, and Captivi), Kathleen McCarthy develops an innovative model of Plautine comedy and its social effects. She concentrates on how the plays are shaped by the interaction of two comic modes: the socially conservative mode of naturalism and the potentially subversive mode of farce. It is precisely this balance of
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Titus Maccius Plautus; Plaute; Titus Maccius Plautus; Titus Maccius Plautus; Titus Maccius Plautus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen McCarthy
ISBN: 0691048886 9780691048888
OCLC Number: 43499411
Description: xi, 231 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface ix Abbreviations and Conventions xiii CHAPTER I The Crowded House 3 Double Vision 7 Powerful Pleasures 17 The Art of Authority 29 CHAPTER II The Ties That Bind: Menaechmi 35 Rebellion Meets Reconciliation 40 The Cast of Characters 61 CHAPTER III Love's Labour's Lost: Casina 77 A Rake's (Lack of) Progress 84 Comic Husbands and Wives 115 CHAPTER IV A Kind of Wild Justice: Persa 122 The Three Faces of Toxilus 127 The Limits of Farce 158 CHAPTER V Truth Is the Best Disguise: Captivi 167 The Theater of Truth 180 In Dialogue with Farce 201 CONCLUSION The Slave's Image in the Master's Mind 211 Works Cited 215 Index of Plautine Passages 221 General Index 227
Responsibility: Kathleen McCarthy.
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