Ovid in the Middle Agesby James G. Clark
Pub. Date: 07/31/2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Ovid is perhaps the most important surviving Latin poet and his work has influenced writers throughout the world. This volume presents a groundbreaking series of essays on his reception across the Middle Ages. The collection includes contributions from distinguished Ovidians as well as leading specialists in medieval Latin and vernacular literature, clerical and extra-clerical culture and medieval art, and addresses questions of manuscript and textual transmission, translation, adaptation and imitation. It also explores the intersecting cultural contexts of the schools (monastic and secular), courts and literate lay households. It elaborates the scale and scope of the enthusiasm for Ovid in medieval Europe, following readers of the canon from the Carolingian monasteries to the early schools of the Île de France and on into clerical and curial milieux in Italy, Spain, the British Isles and even the Byzantine Empire.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction James G. Clark; 2. Ovid's metempsychosis: the Greek East Elizabeth Fisher; 3. Ovid's Metamorphoses in the school tradition of France, 1180–1400: texts, manuscript traditions, manuscript settings Frank T. Coulson; 4. Recasting the Metamorphoses in fourteenth-century France: the challenges of the Ovide Moralisé Ana Pairet; 5. Gender and desire in medieval French translations of Ovid's amatory works Marilynn Desmond; 6. Ovid in medieval Italy Robert Black; 7. Dante's Ovids Warren Ginsberg; 8. Ovid from the pulpit Siegfried Wenzel; 9. Ovid in the monasteries: the evidence from late medieval England James G. Clark; 10. Gower and Chaucer: readings of Ovid in late medieval England Kathryn L. McKinley; 11. Ovid in medieval Spain Vicente Cristóbal; 12. A survey of imagery in medieval manuscripts of Ovid's Metamorphoses and related commentaries Carla Lord; 13. Shades of Ovid: the pseudo-Ovidiana in the Middle Ages Ralph J. Hexter; Appendix: annotated list of selected Ovid manuscripts.
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