Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid by Maggie Kilgour

Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

byMaggie Kilgour

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Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid contributes to our understanding of the Roman poet Ovid, the Renaissance writer Milton, and more broadly the transmission and transformation of classical traditions through history. It examines the ways in which Milton drew on Ovid's oeuvre, as well as thelong tradition of reception that had begun with Ovid himself, and argues that Ovid's revision of the past, and especially his relation to Virgil, gave Renaissance writers a model for their own transformation of classical works. Throughout his career Milton thinks through and with Ovid, whose storiesand figures inform his exploration of the limits and possibilities of creativity, change, and freedom. Examining this specific relation between two very individual and different authors, Kilgour also explores the forms and meaning of creative imitation. Intertextuality was not only central to the two writers' poetic practices but helped shape their visions of the world. While many critics seek toestablish how Milton read Ovid, Kilgour debates the broader question of why does considering how Milton read Ovid matter? How do our readings of this relation change our understanding of both Milton and Ovid; and does it tell us about how traditions are changed and remade through time?

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Maggie Kilgour is Molson Professor of English Language and Literature at McGill University where she teaches courses in Renaissance English literature, especially Milton, and the classical tradition. She is the author of two books, From Communion to Cannibalism: An Anatomy of Metaphors of Incorporation (1990) and The Rise of the Gothi...
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Title:Milton and the Metamorphosis of OvidFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNote on EditionsIntroduction: Milton and the Renaissance OvidsMilton's Ovidian ArtSome Other Renaissance OvidsOvid and VirgilBeyond The MetamorphosesPortrait of the Artist as a Young Devil1. Choosing Ovids (1)Mastering the Arts of AllusionFirst FlowersComus and the Translatio Ovidii2. Choosing Ovids (2)More OvidsRereading Ovid's RapesPoet of the YearIt's About TimeMilton and the Passing of TimeMasquing Revolution3. Reflections of NarcissusForms of ChangeOvid's OriginalRenaissance NarcissiMilton's Original CopyFalling, in Love4. Self-Consuming ArtistsMilton NarcissusEnvy and EmulationOvidian InvidiaMilton and the Arts of EnvyFalling PoetsSin and Her OriginalsConclusion: Famous Last WordsThe Once and Future MiltonOvid's Bad ReadersThe Author as ReaderThe Anxiety of ReceptionReading Samson AgonistesA Phoenix Too Frequent'The last of me or no I cannot warrant'BibliographyIndex

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"Many will welcome [the author's] occasional interjections of dry humor. Scholars of both classical and early modern literature and advanced graduate students should find this book essential to study of Milton's relationship to Ovid and other writers of antiquity." --Renaissance Quarterly