Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes provides a substantive account of the reception of Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BC) from Antiquity to the present. Aristophanes was the renowned master of Old Attic Comedy, a dramatic genre defined by its topical satire, high poetry, frank speech, and obscenity. Since their initial production in classical Athens, his comedies have fascinated, inspired, and repelled critics, readers, translators, and performers. The book includes seventeen chapters that explore the ways in which the plays of Aristophanes have been understood, appropriated, adapted, translated, taught, and staged. Careful attention has been given to critical moments of reception across temporal, linguistic, cultural, and national boundaries.
Philip Walsh received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University in 2008. He is an assistant professor of English and instructor of Latin and Greek at Washington College. His essay, “A Study in Reception: The British Debates over Aristophanes’ Politics and Influence,” appeared in the first issue of Classical Receptions Journal (Oxford, 2009).
Contributors are Gregory Baker, Cécile Dudouyt, John Given, Matthew J. Kinservik, Stavroula Kiritsi, David Konstan, Mike Lippman, C.W. Marshall, Alexandre G. Mitchell, Mark Payne, Charles Platter, James Robson, Ralph Rosen, Niall W. Slater, Gonda Van Steen, Philip Walsh, Rosie Wyles, and Donna Zuckerberg.
"Consistently thoughtful and frequently quite useful, Philip Walsh’s edited volume on the reception of Aristophanes, part of Brill’s Companions to Classical Reception series, is a model of the form. (...) this book should be a touchstone for future work on Aristophanes in the longue durée. (...)
This is a handsomely produced volume, enhanced by the colorful inclusion of nearly forty recent Lysistrata posters compiled by Mitchell, one of which also graces the cover. (...) Walsh’s useful and engaging volume on the reception of Aristophanes is a testament to the maturity of the approach." A. C. Duncan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.03.35
Preface and Acknowledgements
Philip Walsh Notes on Contributors
PART 1 - Aristophanes, Ancient and Modern: Debates, Education, and Juxtapositions 1 Aristophanes in Antiquity: Reputation and Reception
Niall W. Slater 2 Modern Theory and Aristophanes
Charles Platter 3 Aristophanes, Gender, and Sexuality
James Robson 4 Aristophanes, Education, and Performance in Modern Greece
Stavroula Kiritsi 5 Teaching Aristophanes in the American College Classroom
John Given and Ralph M. Rosen 6 The “English Aristophanes”: Fielding, Foote, and Debates over Literary Satire
Matthew J. Kinservik 7 Teknomajikality and the Humanimal in Aristophanes’ Wasps Mark Payne 8 Branding Irony: Comedy and Crafting the Public Persona
PART 2 - Outreach: Adaptations, Translations, Scholarship, and Performances 9 Aristophanes in Early-Modern Fragments: Le Loyer’s La Néphélococugie (1579) and Racine’s Les Plaideurs (1668)
Cécile Dudouyt 10 Aristophanes and the French Translations of Anne Dacier
Rosie Wyles 11 The Verbal and the Visual: Aristophanes’ Nineteenth-Century English Translators
Philip Walsh 12 Comedy and Tragedy in Agon(y): The 1902 Comedy Panathenaia of Andreas Nikolaras
Gonda Van Steen 13 J.T. Sheppard and the Cambridge Birds of 1903 and 1924
C.W. Marshall 14 Murray’s Aristophanes
Mike Lippman 15 “Attic Salt into an Undiluted Scots”: Aristophanes and the Modernism of Douglas Young
Gregory Baker 16 Classical Reception in Posters of Lysistrata: The Visual Debate Between Traditional and Feminist Imagery
Alexandre G. Mitchell 17 Afterword
Index Nominum et Rerum
All interested in the reception of ancient drama (particularly Greek comedy), intellectual history, ancient and modern literary relations, translation studies, performance studies, and comparative literature.