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Aristophanes to Fo : conventions of political satire in Western theatre

Guy, Bette Margaret (2007) Aristophanes to Fo : conventions of political satire in Western theatre. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Aristophanes to Fo is a study of the principal comedic conventions of Aristophanes' political satire and their relationship to contemporary political satire. A template of these principal conventions is tabulated. This is then compared to, and contrasted with, conventions used in subsequent plays in the genre of political satire, including one written as the practice component of this exegesis. This process determines the influence of Aristophanic conventions on political satire from 4th century BCE Greece to the modern era. There is an analytical emphasis on three 20th century plays as case studies and on my play, Soft Murder, which is case study number four.

At the core of the research is the hypothesis that Aristophanic comedic conventions are still relevant to the genre of political satire in contemporary theatre. To retain relevance the genre should be a discourse on a situation or event that has social as well as political meaning to its audience and its presentation should have entertainment value for the culture of the time. Soft Murder is a fundamental part of this process and is written concurrently with the research component.

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ID Code: 16499
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Bray, Errol& Bolland, Craig
Keywords: Aristophanes, comedic conventions, Dario Fo, political satire, war propaganda
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Bette Margaret Guy
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 14:04
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:48

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