Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition

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Ovid and his influence are studied in classrooms as various as his poetry, and this Approaches volume aims to help instructors in those diverse teaching environments. Part 1, "Materials," is fittingly collaborative and features brief overviews designed to give nonspecialists background on the more challenging aspects of teaching Ovid. Contributors examine his life and legacy, religion, and relation to the visual arts as well as his afterlife in the Latin classroom, in various translations, and in the Ovide moralisé. The editors detail the contexts in which Ovid is taught, identify trends in teaching his work and the Ovidian tradition, and recommend editions and resources for classroom use.

The introduction to part 2, "Approaches," considers Ovid's relation to Vergil and the development of Ovid's influence and reception, from the medieval and early modern period to the reinvigoration of Ovid studies in the twentieth century. In the four sections that follow, contributors provide practical ideas for classroom instruction, examine the political and moral discourses shaping Ovid and his legacy, explore how gender and the body are represented in Ovid and the Ovidian tradition, and look at various ways Ovid's works have been used and transformed by writers as diverse as Dante, Cervantes, and Ransmayr.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is unusually helpful to the broad teaching community. It will be welcomed by classicists, teachers of literature in many languages, historians of gender, historians of visual arts, and teachers in many areas of general college education and secondary education." --Theresa Krier, Macalester College

"This book is unusually helpful to the broad teaching community. It will be welcomed by classicists, teachers of literature in many languages, historians of gender, historians of visual arts, and teachers in many areas of general college education and secondary education." --Theresa Krier, Macalester College

"This book succeeds well in its admirable aim of assisting instructors and provides extensive help both for those teaching Ovid and the reception of Ovid for the first time and for those who would like to broaden and enliven their existing lecture courses in those areas." --P. Murgatroyd, McMaster University

"While it is mainly pitched at pedagogues, this intelligently edited group of essays will be of great use to anyone interested in the relevance of Ovid's writings and their afterlives for present-day sensibilities." --Liz Oakley-Brown, Lancaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603290630
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Weiden Boyd is Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College. She specializes in the literature of the late Roman Republic and early principate, especially the poetry of Vergil and Ovid. Her publications include a monograph on Ovid's Amores and Brill's Companion to Ovid as well as a textbook on selections from Vergil's Aeneid for use in high schools and colleges. Her projects include a commentary on Ovid's Remedia amoris.

Cora Fox is assistant professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of Ovid and the Politics of Emotion in Elizabethan England (2009) and has published on how Ovidianism shapes late Elizabethan English literature and culture. Her current projects include a study of how classicism accomplishes cultural work in Renaissance popular culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Editions Used in This Volume 3

Part 1 Materials

Ovid's Life and Legacy

Introduction Ralph Hexter 7

Roman Religion and Ovid Christopher M. McDonough 13

Ovide moralisé Raymond Cormier 18

Speaking Pictures: Ovid and the Visual Arts Bruce Redford 23

Ovid's Texts in the Classroom

Commentaries on Ovid Peter E. Knox 27

Ovid in Premodern English Translation Cora Fox 31

Ovid in Modern Translation Barbara Weiden Boyd 34

Surveying Pedagogy and Practice: A Report on the MLA Survey Barbara Weiden Boyd Cora Fox 39

Part 2 Approaches

Introduction Barbara Weiden Boyd Cora Fox 49

Ovid's Classrooms

Caveat Lector: Learning to Read through Ovid Wendy Chapman Peek 57

Genre Transformed: The "Heroes" of Ovid's Epic Lorina N. Quartarone 64

Approaches to Teaching Ovid's Tristia Samuel Huskey 73

From Ovid to Elvis: Teaching Mythology in the Classical Tradition Nikolai Endres 80

Reading and Teaching Ovid's Amores and Ars amatoria in a Conservative Christian Context M. L. Stapleton 88

Ovid and His Human Animals Frank Palmeri 95

Teaching Medea to Freshmen: Ovid, Thematic Criticism, and General Education Ronald W. Harris 102

Political Ovid

Always Hopeless, Never Serious: Wit and Wordplay in Ovid's Amores R. W. Hanning 109

Transforming Exile: Teaching Ovid in Tomis Matthew McGowan 117

Teaching the Really Minor Epic: Literature; Sexuality, and National Belonging in Thomas Edwards's "Narcissus" Jim Ellis 126

Teaching the Ovidian Shakespeare and the Politics of Emotion Cora Fox 133

Reforming Metamorphoses: The Epic in Translation as a "Major Work" of the English Renaissance Scott Maisano 142

Ovid's Genial and Ingenious Story of King Midas William S. Anderson 151

Gendered and Embodied Ovid

Sex and Violence in Amores Paul Allen Miller 161

Ovid's Thisbe and a Roman Woman Love Poet Judith P. Hallett 170

The Lay of the Land: The Rhetoric of Gender in Ovid's "Perseid" Alison Keith 178

Teaching Ovidian Sexualities in English Renaissance Literature Goran V. Stanivukovic 189

Teaching Marlowe's Translation of Amores Patrick Cheney 197

Teaching Tiresias: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in Ovid and Beyond Phyllis Katz 204

Metatextual Ovid

Metamorphoses Metamorphosed: Teaching the Ovidian Tradition Jamie C. Fumo 212

Metamorphoses, Its Tradition, and the Work of Art Sean Keilen 219

Island Hopping: Ovid's Ariadne and Her Texts Barbara Weiden Boyd 225

The Case of Ovid in Dante Madison U. Sowell 234

Captured in Ekphrasis: Cervantes and Ovid Frederick A. De Armas 241

Ovid and Ransmayr: Translating across Cultures and Times Susan C. Anderson Mary Jaeger 250

Notes on Contributors 257

Contributors and Survey Participants 261

Works Cited 263

Index 289

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