I like to describe this thesis as a scholarship-based thought experiment constructing Aristotle's comedic theory using post-Aristotelian plays and quasi-Aristotelian theory. In other words, this is a theory to address the question that if Aristotle was alive today and looked at the history of comedy, what would his new Poetics II be? It also addresses some of the issues that Aristotle would have discussed in Poetics II, and how his comedic theory would affect that particular segment, particularly notable in my divergence from the most common catharsis interpretation.
|Commitee:||Coleman, Dwayne, Ruud, Jay|
|School:||University of Central Arkansas|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Classical studies, Comparative literature|
|Keywords:||Aristotle, Catharsis, Comedy, Mirth, Nemesan, Poetics|
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