The Image Of The Poet In Ovid?s Metamorphoses by Barbara Pavlock

The Image Of The Poet In Ovid?s Metamorphoses

byBarbara Pavlock

Hardcover | April 15, 2009

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Barbara Pavlock unmasks major figures in Ovid’s Metamorphoses as surrogates for his narrative persona, highlighting the conflicted revisionist nature of the Metamorphoses. Although Ovid ostensibly validates traditional customs and institutions, instability is in fact a defining feature of both the core epic values and his own poetics.
    The Image of the Poet explores issues central to Ovid’s poetics—the status of the image, the generation of plots, repetition, opposition between refined and inflated epic style, the reliability of the narrative voice, and the interrelation of rhetoric and poetry. The work explores the constructed author and complements recent criticism focusing on the reader in the text.

2009 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine

About The Author

Barbara Pavlock is associate professor of classics at Lehigh University and author of Eros, Imitation, and the Epic Tradition.

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Title:The Image Of The Poet In Ovid?s MetamorphosesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299231402

ISBN - 13:9780299231408

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   

Introduction   
1. Narcissus and Elegy   
2. The Metamorphic Medea   
3. Daedalus and the Labyrinth of the Metamorphoses   
4. Orpheus and the Internal Narrator   
5. Ulysses and the Arms of Achilles   
Conclusion   

Notes   
Bibliography   
Index   

Editorial Reviews

“This engaging book explores the metapoetic relationship between Ovid and his characters, ranging from paradigmatic artists, such as Orpheus and Daedalus to more unusual ciphers for the poet’s voice, such as Ulysses and even Medea.”—Alison Sharrock, University of Manchester