A brand-new translation of the world's maximum satirist.
With a signature variety that's instantaneously bawdy and gentle, in addition to a fearless penchant for lampooning the wealthy and strong, Aristophanes continues to be arguably the best satirist of all time. gathered listed below are all eleven of his surviving plays-newly translated by way of the prestigious poet and translator Paul Roche.
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The two forms of this historicizing – dramatic pictorialism, reproducing the dramatic setting in stage sets and costumes (Romans in togas, Macbeth in kilts), and theatrical antiquarianism, reproducing the physical environment of Shakespeare’s theatre, staging, and costumes (thrust stage, doublet-and-hose) – express a modern understanding of the proper force of classic drama onstage. Henry Irving’s Anglo-Saxon King Lear or the Republican Rome of the Saxe-Meiningen Julius Caesar enabled their audiences to view an authentic Shakespeare through the lens of costumes and Performing history 31 sets appropriate to the dramatic setting, much as William Poel’s Elizabethan reconstructions enabled audiences to view the plays through the theatrical apparatus appropriate to Shakespeare’s historical period.
There are today a large number of wellknown dramatic “writers” who are known or unknown as “authors” in the precisely Shakespearean sense that their writing is immediately consumed as performance – Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), to name just two. The modern understanding of drama arises at the interface between two institutions emerging in the West in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the institution of professional theatre, which consumed writing (the playwright’s script, purchased for a fee, owned and revised by the company) to produce a theatrical commodity, dramatic performance; and the institution of publishing, which consumed writing to produce a print commodity, dramatic literature (whose property status remained unstable in copyright law well beyond that of other print products).
Print is frequently distinguished from hypertext, for instance, as closed, single, authoritarian, while hypertext is said to be open, multiple, reader-oriented. But if the history of the book tells us anything, it is that works have had an extremely difficult time maintaining their identity in print. To read Hamlet in the 1623 Folio, Pope’s Shakespeare, Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler’s sanitized Family Shakespeare, or a modern critical edition is not only to read different words on the page, but to read objects that instantiate the play in entirely different ways.
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