Simile and Identity in Ovids <EM>Metamorphoses</EM> by Marie Louise von GlinskiSimile and Identity in Ovids <EM>Metamorphoses</EM> by Marie Louise von Glinski

Simile and Identity in Ovids <EM>Metamorphoses</EM>

byMarie Louise von Glinski

Hardcover | March 19, 2012

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Nulli sua forma manebat. The world of Ovid's Metamorphoses is marked by constant flux in which nothing keeps its original form. This book argues that Ovid uses the epic simile to capture states of unresolved identity - in the transition between human, animal and divine identity, as well as in the poem's textual ambivalence between genres and the negotiation of fiction and reality. In conjuring up a likeness, the mental image of the simile enters a dialectic of appearances in a visually complex and treacherous universe. Original and subtle close readings, from Narcissus to Adonis, from Diana's blush to the freeform dreams in the House of Sleep, trace the simile's potential for exploiting indeterminacy and immateriality. In its protean permutations the simile touches on the most profound issues of the poem - the nature of humanity and divinity and the essence of poetic creation.
Title:Simile and Identity in Ovids <EM>Metamorphoses</EM>Format:HardcoverDimensions:180 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:March 19, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521760968

ISBN - 13:9780521760966


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Metamorphosis and simile; 2. The gods and the simile; 3. The simile and genre; 4. Simile and fictionality; Conclusion: the protean nature of simile.