Shakespeares Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems by A. B. TaylorShakespeares Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems by A. B. Taylor

Shakespeares Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems

EditorA. B. Taylor

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Ovid's epic poem, the Metamorphoses, and its great myths were a source of life-long inspiration to Shakespeare. This book provides a comprehensive examination of Shakespeare's use of the poem throughout his career: in early works such as Venus and Adonis and Titus Andronicus, works of the middle period such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, and the late plays such as The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. Drawing on the expertise of leading international scholars, it also includes the first survey of twentieth century criticism and methodology in the field.
Dr A. B. Taylor, formerly Dean of Humanities at the Swansea Institute, has published widely on Shakespeare and the Elizabethans in leading journals. Now a full-time writer, his other works include poetry, short stories and radio plays.
Title:Shakespeares Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521030315

ISBN - 13:9780521030311

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; List of abbreviations and note on the text; Introduction; Part I. The Background to Shakespeare's Ovid: 1. Myths exploited: the metamorphoses of Ovid in early Elizabethan England Robert Maslen; 2. Ovid 'renascent' in Venus and Adonis and Hero and Leander John Roe; Part II. The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems: 3. 'And love you 'gainst the nature of love': Ovid, rape, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona William C. Carroll; 4. Animals in 'manly shape as too the outward showe': moralizing and metamorphosis in Titus Andronicus A. B. Taylor; 5. Venus and Adonis and Ovidian indecorous wit Pauline Kiernan; 6. Ovid, Petrarch, and Shakespeare's Sonnets Gordon Braden; 7. Pyramus and Thisbe in Shakespeare and Ovid Niall Rudd; 8. Niobe and the Nemean Lion: reading Hamlet in the light of Ovid's Metamorphoses Yves Peyré; 9. The Winter's Tale: Ovid transformed A. D. Nuttall; 10. Ovid, Golding, and the 'rough magic' of The Tempest Raphael Lyne; 11. Ovidian v(o)ices in Marlowe and Shakespeare: the Actaeon variations François Laroque; Part III. Shakespeare's Ovid in the Twentieth Century: 12. Shakespeare's Ovid in the twentieth century: a critical survey John Velz; List of works cited; 13. Shakespeare's Ovid, Ovid's Shakespeare: a methodological postscript Charles Martindale; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...very good on the historical context in which Shakespeare's reception of Ovid occirred...and it offers some fine analyses of Shakespeare's use of Ovidian language." Ingo Gildenhard, King's College London and Andrew Zissos, University of California at Irvine