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Tripping Over the Light Fantastic

I. A. Ruffell

in Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.003.0001

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Tripping Over the Light Fantastic

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This chapter situates the book in the context of arguments about conceptually demanding popular culture, from philosophers complaining about comedy through to modern complaints in and about science fiction. It outlines the problems that critics have had in understanding how comedy works, and in particular how comic claims to be making political interventions are regularly set against the impossible and the absurd.

Keywords: popular culture; comedy; science fiction; Plato; Aristotle; Eco; scholarship

Chapter.  14135 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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