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Shakespeare's Ovid
The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems


Robert Maslen, John Roe, William C. Carroll, A. B. Taylor, Pauline Kiernan, Gordon Braden, Niall Rudd, Yves Peyré, A. D. Nuttall, Raphael Lyne, François Laroque, John Velz, Charles Martindale
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030311

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  • Ovid's great poem, Metamorphoses, was a source of life long fascination and inspiration for Shakespeare. He drew on its great myths throughout his career: in early works like Venus and Adonis and Titus Andronicus, works of the middle period like A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, and late plays such as The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. This book provides a comprehensive examination of his use of Ovid's poem with contributions from international scholars. It begins by examining the use of Ovid's myth in early Elizabethan literature, a use dramatically changed by Marlowe and Shakespeare himself. It then offers detailed readings of Shakespeare's use of Ovid in a wide range of plays and poems, placing emphasis on several important but often underestimated features. The book also provides a survey of twentieth-century criticism and methodology in the field.

    • Provides a broader approach to Shakespeare's Ovid
    • Essays by the most established figures in the field. Represents a wide range of expertise, including two classicists
    • Includes the first survey of criticism and methodology, in addition to detailed readings of plays and poetry
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this pleasing collection takes the scholarship of Ovid and Shakespeare forward in many subtle ways.' Review of English Studies

    'Anyone with an interest in Shakespeare's poetical debts would benefit from this book.' New Theatre Quarterly

    '… wide ranging and valuable …' Shakespeare Yearbook

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030311
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    List of abbreviations and note on the text
    Part I. The Background to Shakespeare's Ovid:
    1. Myths exploited: the metamorphoses of Ovid in early Elizabethan England Robert Maslen
    2. Ovid 'renascent' in Venus and Adonis and Hero and Leander John Roe
    Part II. The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems:
    3. 'And love you 'gainst the nature of love': Ovid, rape, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona William C. Carroll
    4. Animals in 'manly shape as too the outward showe': moralizing and metamorphosis in Titus Andronicus A. B. Taylor
    5. Venus and Adonis and Ovidian indecorous wit Pauline Kiernan
    6. Ovid, Petrarch, and Shakespeare's Sonnets Gordon Braden
    7. Pyramus and Thisbe in Shakespeare and Ovid Niall Rudd
    8. Niobe and the Nemean Lion: reading Hamlet in the light of Ovid's Metamorphoses Yves Peyré
    9. The Winter's Tale: Ovid transformed A. D. Nuttall
    10. Ovid, Golding, and the 'rough magic' of The Tempest Raphael Lyne
    11. Ovidian v(o)ices in Marlowe and Shakespeare: the Actaeon variations François Laroque
    Part III. Shakespeare's Ovid in the Twentieth Century:
    12. Shakespeare's Ovid in the twentieth century: a critical survey John Velz
    List of works cited
    13. Shakespeare's Ovid, Ovid's Shakespeare: a methodological postscript Charles Martindale

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    A. B. Taylor
    Dr A. B. Taylor, formerly Dean of Humanities at the Swansea Institute, has published widely on Shakespeare and the Elizabethans in leading journals. Now a full-time writer, his other works include poetry, short stories and radio plays.


    Robert Maslen, John Roe, William C. Carroll, A. B. Taylor, Pauline Kiernan, Gordon Braden, Niall Rudd, Yves Peyré, A. D. Nuttall, Raphael Lyne, François Laroque, John Velz, Charles Martindale

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