The Metamorphosis of Persephone
Ovid and the Self-conscious Muse
By (author) Stephen Hinds
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Metamorphosis of Persephone by Stephen Hinds
Book DescriptionOvid, a poet unashamedly in love in poetry, including his own, has enjoyed a recent renaissance in popularity. Yet there is still a certain tendency amongst critics to withhold from his writing the close, word-by-word, engagement which is its due. The primary aim of The Metamorphosis of Persephone is to celebrate this poet's detailed verbal art. Ovid twice treated the myth of Persephone. Dr Hinds' work is a close reading of the account in Metamorphoses 5. The book is at once a literary historical enquiry into the double transformation of the rape of Persephone, and a critical exploration of the self-conscious delight in language and in writing manifested in and between these twin Ovidian narratives. This attractively written and subtly nuanced literary study, which offers many quiet challenges to established modes of reading Latin narrative poetry, will be of interest both to scholars of Latin and to students of narrative in other languages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036238
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Hinds
Shadow of Callimachus, Paperback (November 2006)
A critical examination of the Roman reaction to Greek poetry of the last three pre-Christian centuries.
Latin Language and Latin Culture, Paperback (February 2001)
A examination of stereotypical ideas about Latin and their effect on how Latin literature is read.
Engendering Rome, Paperback (February 2000)
This study examines the role of female characters in the Roman epic poetry of Virgil, Ovid and other writers.
Allusion and Intertext, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Stephen Hinds
This fascinating 1998 book examines how the poets of classical Rome found artistic inspiration in the words and themes of their poetic predecessors.
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