Shakespeare and Ovid

Paperback | July 1, 1992

byJonathan Bate

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This is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favourite poet, Ovid.Jonathan Bate examines the full range of Shakespeare's work, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. He shows how profoundly creative Ovid's influence was, from the raped Lavinia's turning of the pages of theMetamorphoses in Titus Andronicus, and the staging of Pyramus and Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream, to the reanimation of Hermione's statue in The Winter's Tale and Prospero's renunciation of his magic in The Tempest. The Heroides are shown to have been vital to Shakespeare's female characters,but it is the Metamorphoses which animate Professor Bate's book, just as they animated the whole of Shakespeare's career.This original and elegantly written book reveals Shakespeare as an extraordinarily sophisticated reader of Ovidian myth and as a metamorphic artist as fluid and nimble as his classical original.From reviews of the hardback:'Jonathan Bate has written the first comprehensive account of Shakespeare's relationship with the poet who influenced him most deeply . . . His book is a fine example of scholarship put at the service of Shakespeare.' Sunday Telegraph'Bate's choice of Ovid as affording a means of returning to the idea of literature as transcending history seems to me both correct and very cunning . . . Bate is, again and again, brilliant.' London Review of Books'excellent study . . . he brilliantly demonstrates the fructifying presence of Ovid, overtly in the early and late work but also as a subtler "underpresence" in the mature tragedies.' Shakespeare Survey

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This is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favourite poet, Ovid.Jonathan Bate examines the full range of Shakespeare's work, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. He shows how profoundly creative Ovid...

Jonathan Bate is at University of Liverpool.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198183240

ISBN - 13:9780198183242

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`a comprehensive study of the relationship between Ovid and Shakespeare...There is much...of interest to stimulate further investigation and discussion...an admirable, comprehensive, and well-written account of an important subject. Bate's book is essential reading and will without doubtstimulate discussion and further study.'Modern Language Review