Framing the Ass: Literary Texture in Apuleius Metamorphoses

Hardcover | July 27, 2013

byS. J. Harrison

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Complementing Harrison's previous volume, Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, this book studies one of the few extant Latin novels from the Roman Empire, Apuleius' Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Harrison shows that this work is one of remarkable literary complexity, playing off other classical forms,especially the related narrative form of the epic. The volume traces some of the history of the novel's criticism and offers a detailed analysis of its key sections and issues, demonstrating in detail the literary sophistication and complex intergeneric intertextuality which is the key feature ofApuleius' novel.

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Complementing Harrison's previous volume, Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, this book studies one of the few extant Latin novels from the Roman Empire, Apuleius' Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Harrison shows that this work is one of remarkable literary complexity, playing off other classical forms,especially the related narrative form of the ep...

S.J.Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Oxford. He is author of books on Vergil, Horace, and Apuleius, and of a range of pieces on classical reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199602689

ISBN - 13:9780199602681

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionApuleian Contexts1. Constructing Apuleius: The Emergence of a Literary Artist2. The Poetics of Fiction: poetic influence on the language of Apuleius Metamorphoses3. The Milesian Tales and the Roman Novel4. The Speaking Book: The Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses5. Apuleius, Aelius Aristides, and Religious Autobiography6. Parallel Cults? Religion and Narrative in Apuleius' Metamorphoses and Some Greek Novels7. Narrative Subversion and Religious Satire in Metamorphoses XINovel and Epic8. Some Odyssean Scenes in Apuleius' Metamorphoses9. From Epic to Novel: Apuleius as Reader of Vergil10. Some Epic Structures in Cupid and Psyche11. Epic Extremities: Openings and Closures of Books in Apuleius Metamorphoses12. Literary Topography in Apuleius Metamorphoses13. Waves of Emotion: An Epic Metaphor in Apuleius Metamorphoses14. Genre, Texture, and Narrative in the Adultery-Tales of Apuleius, Metamorphoses Book 915. Divine Authority in Cupid and Psyche: The Council of Gods at Apuleius Metamorphoses 6.23-416. Apuleius and Homer: Some Traces of the Iliad in the Metamorphoses