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The Rhetoric of the Body from Ovid to Shakespeare

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034654

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  • This persuasive book describes the complex, often violent connections between body and voice in Ovid's Metamorphoses and narrative, lyric and dramatic works by Petrarch, Marston and Shakespeare. Lynn Enterline analyzes what happens when Renaissance authors revisit Ovid's stories of violence and desire, paying close attention to the ways in which his subversive representations of gender, sexuality and the body influence later conceptions of the self and erotic life. This vividly original book makes a profound contribution to the study of Ovid's presence in Renaissance literature.

    • Brilliant comparative study of Latin, Italian and English poetry and drama
    • Reads in an altternative way a long tradition of representing and understanding the body and gender
    • Makes an argument about the impact of Ovid on Renaissance notions of authorship and subjectivity
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    "Lynn Enterline's The Rhetoric of the Body from Ovid to Shakespeare is a subtle, sophisticated, and lucid essay on the Ovidian tradition. Particularly impressive is the clarity and magisterial logic with which she sets complex issues in relation to each other, through extraordinarily nuanced readings. No one has done a better job of mapping the intersection of Ovidianism and Petrarchanism and their bearing on Elizabethan literature." Leonard Barkan

    "This is a theoretically yet compact book, one that should inspire those scholars interested in contemporary critical theory, especially feminism and psychoanalysis, as well as those who study the Renaissance imitation of the classics and those interested in the rhetoric of sex and desire." Renaissance and Reformation

    "...Enterline grasps Ovid's art of poetic composition with new specificity and exactness." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034654
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Pursuing Daphne
    2. Medusa's mouth: body and voice in the Metamorphoses
    3. Embodied voices: autobiography and fetishism in the Rime Sparse
    4. 'Be not obsceane though wanton': Marston's Metamorphosis of Pigmalions Image
    5. 'Poor instruments' and unspeakable events in The Rape of Lucrece
    6. 'You speak a language that I understand not': the rhetoric of animation in The Winter's Tale

  • Author

    Lynn Enterline, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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