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The face of nature : wit, narrative, and cosmic origins in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Author: Garth Tissol
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In these reflections on the mercurial qualities of style in Ovid's Metamorphoses, Garth Tissol contends that stylistic features of the ever-shifting narrative surface, such as worldplay, narrative disruption, and the self-conscious reworking of the poetic tradition, are thematically significant. It is the style that makes the process of reading the work a changing, transformative experience, as it both embodies and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Ovid; Ovid; Ovid; Ovide; Ovide; Ovid; Ovid; Ovid
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Garth Tissol
ISBN: 0691011028 9780691011028
OCLC Number: 34974582
Description: xii, 238 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Glittering Trifles: Verbal Wit and Physical Transformation. Transgressive Language: Narcissus and Althea. Indecorous and Transformative Puns. Misunderstanding aura: Cephalus, Procris, and the Pun. Divinatory Wordplay: The Pun Overheard. Vox non intellecta: Irony and Metamorphic Wordplay (Myrrha). Littera scripta manet --
Or Does It? (Byblis). Self-Cancelling and Self-Objectifying Witticisms. Wordplay, Personification, and Phantasia. True Imitation: Ceyx, Alcyone, and Morpheus. The House of Reception --
Ch. 2. The Ass's Shadow: Narrative Disruption and Its Consequences. Some Exemplary Interruptions. Daedalus and Perdix. Cyclopean Violence and Narrative Disruption. Some Scandalous Passages --
Ch. 3. Disruptive Traditions.
Responsibility: Garth Tissol.
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