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Shakespeare's Ovid
The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems

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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 epic poem, the Metamorphoses, and its great myths were a source of life-long inspiration to Shakespeare. This book provides a comprehensive examination of Shakespeare's use of the poem throughout his career: in early works such as Venus and Adonis and Titus Andronicus, works of the middle period such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, and the late plays such as The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. Drawing on the expertise of leading international scholars, it also includes the first 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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    "This well-edited collection is a welcome contribution to the renewed interest in Ovid in Renaissance studies and, particularly, in Shakespeare scholarship." Renaissance and Reformation

    "...the volume presents a coherent portrait of the elusive poet who inspired Francis Meres to describe Shakespeare as the Elizabethan Ovid...The anthology unquestionably profits from Taylor's efforts to place the contributors on speaking terms and reward the reader who wishes to consider the book's overall themes and methods...It is a volume that should be read..." Renaissance Quarterly

    "...very good on the historical context in which Shakespeare's reception of Ovid occirred...and it offers some fine analyses of Shakespeare's use of Ovidian language." Ingo Gildenhard, King's College London and Andrew Zissos, University of California at Irvine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030311
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • 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

  • Editor

    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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