Dr. Marshall Receives SSHRC Insight Grant for Roman Comedy Project

Toph Marshall has been awarded a four-year Insight SSHRC grant to work on a project called Comic Routines in Roman Comedy. The chief goal of the project will be to produce a monograph documenting repeated physical routines across the 20 plays of Plautus and 6 plays of Terence, and the extant fragments of Republican comic genres. Each chapter will describe a specific routine and identify all of its appearances in the extant plays of Plautus and Terence, taking account of variations and expansions of the routine. Nothing of this sort has been attempted to date. The research will allow a comparative perspective of physical humour informed by scholarship on Shakespeare and the commedia dell’arte.

Museum purchase, Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr., Memorial Collection (y1948-68). https://data.artmuseum.princeton.edu/iiif/objects/23681