Between γελοῖον and σπουδαῖον: Comic Traces on the Tragic Scene
Starting from the well-known definition of tragedy offered by Aristotle, (Poet. 1449b, 24-28), ἔστιν οὖν τραγῳδία μίμησις πράξεως σπουδαίας καὶ τελείας, according to which «A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action that is serious and complete in itself», the conference ‘Between γελοῖον and σπουδαῖον: Comic Traces on the Tragic Stage’ proposes to examine and to discuss how and for what purpose comic implications may manifeste on the tragic scene. According to Seidensticker’s distinction (see B. Seidensticker,Comic Elements in Euripides’ Bacchae, «AJPh» 99, 1978, pp. 303-320; B. Seidensticker, Palintonos Harmonia. Studien zu komischen Elementen in der griechischen Tragödien, Göttingen 1982) two different forms of comic can be traced on the tragic stage: the ‘elements of comedy’ and ‘the comic elements’. The former stands for structural forms, characters, dramatic situations, themes and story patterns which can be considered typical of the comic genre. Such elements are not necessarily comic when part of the tragic texture. In contrast, the latter is taken as a general term of the laughable (γελοῖον) to define or to distinguish scenes, motifs and expressions of humorous tone, that connect comic ways of speaking and comic ways of acting.
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Silvia Onori (Cassino e L.M.); Luigi Di Raimo (Cassino e L.M.); Enzo Franchini (Cassino e L.M.); Luca Austa (Siena); Giorgia Giaccardi (Torino).