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Simile and Identity in Ovid's Metamorphoses

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  • Date Published: February 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139210621

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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 of episodes in the poem, 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.

    • The first monograph on Ovid's epic simile
    • Provides a new reading of the Metamorphoses, one of Ovid's most famous works
    • Presents original close readings of central episodes from a distinctive vantage point
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    '[This book] is accessible to readers at all levels of expertise, including undergraduates, and would also make ideal reading for all people who like fiction and literary experiments.' Alessandro Barchiesi, Classical World

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139210621
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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.

  • Author

    Marie Louise von Glinski, New York University
    Marie Louise Von Glinski is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Classics Department at New York University.

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