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n Akroterion - Magic realism in Aristophanes?

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Abstract

The term 'magic realism', normally reserved for twentieth-century novels with a mixture of realistic and fantastic elements, has not, to my knowledge, been applied to the comedies of Aristophanes. In this article I examine whether there are similarities between Aristophanes' comedies and magic realism. First, the origin, development and meaning of the term 'magic realism' are explored.Then, Italo Calvino's 1952 novella, , is investigated as example of magic realism. The next section examines the duality of Aristophanes' comedies: they not only allude to the socio-political realities of late-fifth-century Athens but also hinge on plots of comic fantasy. This scheme is then applied to the Aristophanic comedy . In the penultimate section a comparison is drawn between magic realism, as exemplified in , and Aristophanic comedy, as exemplified in . The conclusion is devoted to an attempt to account for the similarities in such disparate genres.

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2012-12-01
2019-12-16

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