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Slipping one in: the introduction of obscene lexical items in Aristophanes

Robson, James (2014). Slipping one in: the introduction of obscene lexical items in Aristophanes. In: Olson, S. Douglas ed. Ancient Comedy and Reception: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 29–50.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1515/9781614511250.29
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Abstract

This chapter examines the way in which Aristophanes introduces obscene words into his comedies both at the beginning of the plays and subsequently, following more heightened and/or more sober sequences. The Aristophanic norm is to introduce obscenity unsignalled, the 'obscenity out of nowhere' technique, often employed to signal abuse, crudeness, buffoonery and/or freedom from inhibitions. Alternatively, the poet sometimes employs the 'build-up' technique, in which double entendres and sexual allusions occur with increasing intensity before a climactic primary obscenity is finally introduced. Examples of both techniques are analysed, and some of the challenges that Aristophanic obscenity present and the relationship between obscenity and paratragedy are explored.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 Walter de Gruyter GmbH
ISBN: 1-61451-166-7, 978-1-61451-166-3
Keywords: Aristophanes; Old Comedy; obscenity; Ancient Greece
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 39690
Depositing User: James Robson
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 09:45
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39690
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