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Author Traill, Ariana, 1969-

Title Women and the comic plot in Menander / Ariana Traill
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008


Description 1 online resource (x, 301 pages)
Contents 1. Those obscure objects of desire -- 2. Misperception of status -- 3. Misperception of character -- 4. Informing the audience -- 5. The women of the Epitrepontes -- 6. Why women?
Summary Taking a fresh look at mistaken identity in the work of an author who helped to introduce the device to comedy, in this book Professor Traill shows how the outrageous mistakes many male characters in Menander make about women are grounded in their own emotional needs. The core of the argument derives from analysis of speeches by or about women, with particular attention to the language used to articulate problems of knowledge and perception, responsibility and judgement. Not only does Menander freely borrow language, situations, and themes from tragedy, but he also engages with some of tragedy's epistemological questions, particularly the question of how people interpret what they see and hear. Menander was instrumental in turning the tragic theme of human ignorance into a comic device and inventing a plot type with enormous impact on the western tradition. This book provides original insights into his achievements within their historical and intellectual context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-283) and indexes
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Subject Menander, of Athens -- Criticism and interpretation
Menander, of Athens -- Characters -- Women
Menander, of Athens
Menander v342-v291
Women in literature.
Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Greek drama (Comedy)
Women in literature
Frau Motiv
Verwechslung Motiv
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511397968