The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Hardcover | February 6, 2008

byRobert H. F. Carver

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The Protean Ass provides the most comprehensive account (in any language) of the reception of The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses) of Apuleius, the only work of Latin prose fiction worthy of the name of 'novel' to survive intact from the ancient world. Apuleius' second-century account of thecurious young man who is changed into a donkey following an affair with a witch's slave-girl, and undergoes a series of adventures (involving robbery, adultery, buggery, and bestiality) before a divine vision transforms him into a disciple of the goddess Isis, has delighted, perplexed, and inspiredreaders as diverse as St Augustine, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. Robert H. F. Carver traces readers' responses to the novel from the third to the seventeenth centuries in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and England

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The Protean Ass provides the most comprehensive account (in any language) of the reception of The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses) of Apuleius, the only work of Latin prose fiction worthy of the name of 'novel' to survive intact from the ancient world. Apuleius' second-century account of thecurious young man who is changed into a donkey f...

Robert H. F. Carver is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, Department of English Studies, University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.42 inPublished:February 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199217866

ISBN - 13:9780199217861

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Introduction1. The Metamorphoses of Apuleius: From Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages2. Apuleius in the High Middle Ages3. Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass4. The Inky Ass: Apuleius in the Age of Print (1469-1500)5. The Antiquarian Ass: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (14996. The Academical Ass: Apuleius and the Northern Renaissance7. The Golden Asse of William Adlington (1566)8. After Adlington: Apuleius in England (1566-1660)9. The Arcadian Ass: Sir Philip Sidney and Apuleius10. Psyche's Daughter: Pleasure and The Faerie Queene11. Shakespeare's Bottom and Apuleius' AssEpilogue