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New clothes, a new you: clothing and character in Aristophanes

Robson, James (2005). New clothes, a new you: clothing and character in Aristophanes. In: Cleland, Liza; Harlow, Mary and Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd eds. The Clothed Body in the Ancient World. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, pp. 65–74.

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This article looks at the position that clothing holds in Aristophanes' plays and in particular the role of clothing in the realisation of humour. It looks at scenes in which Aristophanic figures appear wearing clothing inappropriate to their character-type, focusing on scenes of transvestism (Thesmophoriazusae, Ecclesiazusae). The article engages with Silk's concept of 'recreatvity' and concludes with observations on the interrelationship between clothing, character and stagecraft.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-84217-165-8, 978-1-84217-165-3
Keywords: Aristophanes; old comedy; clothing; tranvestism; recreativity
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 2602
Depositing User: James Robson
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:47
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