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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated and important, 20 Mar. 2004
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The book's most significant contributions are concentrated in three chapters: (a) on Aristophanes' characterisation, where Aristophanes' anti-realist or 'recreative' characters are brilliantly described; (b) on Aristophanes and tragedy in which all the complexities in Aristophanes' parodic techniques are laid bare; (c) on Aristophanes' lyric. The drawbacks of the book are mainly stylistic: Silk's style is at times rather arid, disengaging and difficult to read. Too much theory and too many neologisms often obscure the sense and cause humour to evaporate. But otherwise, Silk's book is essential in most informed reading lists.
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Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy
Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy by M. S. Silk (Hardcover - 23 Nov. 2000)
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