Ovids Lovers: Desire, Difference and the Poetic Imagination by Victoria RimellOvids Lovers: Desire, Difference and the Poetic Imagination by Victoria Rimell

Ovids Lovers: Desire, Difference and the Poetic Imagination

byVictoria Rimell

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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Central to Ovid's elegiac texts and his Metamorphoses is his preoccupation with how desiring subjects interact and seduce each other. This major study, which shifts the focus in Ovidian criticism from intertextuality to intersubjectivity, explores the relationship between self and other, and in particular that between male and female worlds, which is at the heart of Ovid's vision of poetry and the imagination. A series of close readings, focusing on both the more celebrated and less studied parts of the corpus, moves beyond the more often-asked questions of Ovid, such as whether he is 'for' or 'against' women, in order to explore how gendered subjects converse, compete and co-create. It illustrates how the tale of Medusa, alongside that of Narcissus, reverberates throughout Ovid's oeuvre, becoming a fundamental myth for his poetics. This book offers a compelling, often troubling portrait of Ovid that will appeal to classicists and all those interested in gender and difference.
Title:Ovids Lovers: Desire, Difference and the Poetic ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117801

ISBN - 13:9780521117807


Table of Contents

Introduction: Narcissus and Medusa: desiring subjects and the dialectics of Ovidian erotics; 1. Specular logicis: Medicamina; 2. Double vision: Ars Amatoria I, II, and III; 3. Seeing seers: Metamorphoses 10-11.84; 4. Co-creators: Heroides 15; 5. What goes around: Heroides 16-21; 6. Space between: Heroides 18-19; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

'The serious reader will profit from engaging with Rimell's central thesis and detailed examples. ... Her brief account of the characteristic moment of metamorphoses in Ovid's great compendium is well worth reading, and her discussion of the gorgon's gaze prompts new ideas about the relationship between Ovid's poetry and the visual arts.' Britannia