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Laughing Awry: Plautus and Tragicomedy

Erik Gunderson


This book offers an overview of key themes in the interpretation of the plays of Plautus. It explores the connections between deception, desire, slavery, genre, and audience. It attempts to offer an account of the mechanisms of Plautus’ humour and the uncomfortable origins of laughter. These dramas do not just play to but also work on the audience. The whole corpus of Plautine plays is examined with longer accounts of selected dramas and choice scenes. An emphasis on methodological and theoretical questions is maintained throughout. Particular attention is paid to the psychic life of humour an ... More

Keywords: psychoanalysis, humour, genre, comedy, theatre, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Gunderson, author
Professor of Classics, University of Toronto

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