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Cratinus and the Art of Comedy$
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Emmanuela Bakola

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569359.001.0001

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Production and Imagination

Production and Imagination

(p.230) 5 Production and Imagination
Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

Emmanuela Bakola (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 explores dramaturgical and stagecraft aspects of Cratinus' comedies. First it discusses the construction and use of dramatic space in Odysseis, Plutoi, Nemesis, and Seriphioi, especially in the opening scenes. It also explores Cratinus' dramatization of the literary topos of the storm, his large stage props, machinery and change of scenes. In Dionysalexandros it discusses the role of costume and disguise, arguing that it constitutes a major aspect of the comedy's enagagement with Dionysiac initiation ritual. Finally, by looking at Pytine and Dionysalexandros it explores how Cratinus' use of imagery and personification was realized in performance and shaped the stage action.

Keywords:   dramaturgy, stagecraft, Odysseis, Plutoi, Nemesis, props, machinery, costume, disguise, ritual, Dionysalexandros, Pytine, imagery, personification

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