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Author: Sara Chiarini
As the first extensive survey of the ancient Greek painters’ practice of writing nonsense on vases, The So-called Nonsense Inscriptions on Ancient Greek Vases by Sara Chiarini provides a systematic overview of the linguistic features of the phenomenon and discusses its forms and contexts of reception.
While the origins of the practice lie in the impaired literacy of the painters involved in it, the extent of the phenomenon suggests that, at some point, it became a true fashion within Attic vase painting. This raises the question of the forms of interaction with this epigraphic material. An open approach is adopted: “reading” attempts, riddles and puns inspired by nonsense inscriptions could happen in a variety of circumstances, including the symposium but not limited to it.
Author: Sara Chiarini

1 What are Nonsense Inscriptions? Ancient Greek pottery, especially from Attica, is the largest source of evidence for Archaic and early Classical writing practices. It is, therefore, an ideal field of study for the examination of the spread of literacy and the uses of writing within various socio

In: The So-called Nonsense Inscriptions on Ancient Greek Vases
Author: Jasper Liptow

only attempt at reconstructing such an argument that I know of was made by Cora Diamond in her seminal paper “What Nonsense Might Be”. 12 Diamond’s primary aim in that paper is to explain not Wittgenstein’s formulation of the Context Principle in the Tractatus but a similar formulation by

In: Grazer Philosophische Studien
Author: Wim Tigges

In a review article first published in 1931, Louis Aragon, political activist and leading exponent of the Surrealist movement, praises Lewis Carroll as a unique defender of human freedom in bourgeois Victorian Britain. In his nonsense verse for children Carroll had furtively (‘sournoisement

In: Jeux de mots – enjeux littéraires, de François Rabelais à Richard Millet
Author: Emily Petermann

… 1 Introduction This is a paper that, like the surrealist material it covers, will probably raise more questions than it will answer. While focusing on techniques of nonsense and surrealism in selected music videos of the American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants ( tmbg ), it will

In: Music, Narrative and the Moving Image
Author: Wim Tigges
Editor: Wim Tigges
The Distortion of Time and Space in The Goon Show
Author: Rick Cousins
“It’s all rather confusing, really” was one of the catchphrases used by Spike Milligan in his ground-breaking radio comedy program The Goon Show. In a series of mock-epics broadcast over the course of a decade, Milligan treated listeners to a cosmology governed by confusion, contradictions, fluidity and uncertainty. In The Goon Show’s universe, time and space expand and contract seemingly at will and without notice.

The worldview featured in The Goon Show looked both backward and forward: backward, in the sense that it paralleled strategies used by schoolchildren to understand time and space; forward, in the ways it anticipated and prefigured a number of key features of postmodern thought.

Winner of the Ann Saddlemyer Award 2017 of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research.

⇐ PreviousBrowse ⇑Next ⇒ Entry H.R.Immerwahr, Kadmos 45 (2006) 136-172, assembles a catalogue of 147 nonsense inscriptions; each item including museum inventory number, description of the vessel, date, attribution to a known painter, main bibliographic reference, decorative scene, and text. He

In: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online
Author: Sara Chiarini

1 A Taxonomy of (Il)literacies 1.1 Introduction The previous Chapter has looked at the corpus of nonsense inscriptions through the lenses of two previous scholarly approaches that hinge upon the topics of ornament and icono-tactics respectively. A fundamental and so far neglected facet of this

In: The So-called Nonsense Inscriptions on Ancient Greek Vases