Ovid's Changing Worlds: English Metamorphoses 1567-1632

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Ovid's Changing Worlds looks at the four most important English imitations of the Metamorphoses in the English Renaissance: the translations of Arthur Golding and George Sandys, Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion. It sheds new light on dealings with the classics in the period and shows that the emergence of English literature was a complex and fascinating process.

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"Lyne's erudite work about four Renaissance English engagements with the Metamorphoses has much to recommend it...There is much of use in this excellent book, for Renaissance scholars and Ovidians; especially noteworthy is the sustained discussion of Pythagoras in Spenser, Drayton, and Sandys as a figure for the translator/author." —Religious Studies Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198187042
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Spelling and Abbreviation
Introduction 1
1 Golding's Englished Metamorphoses 27
Ovid Moralized and Unmoralized 29
The Englishness of Golding's Ovid 53
Ruddy Country Gentleman 75
2 Ovidian Subtexts in the Faerie Queene 80
Roman Ruins 88
Mutability 95
Pythagorean Contexts 104
Intertextual Clusters 113
Non-metamorphosis 129
Endings 138
3 Drayton's Chorographical Metamorphoses 142
Resisting Ovid 146
A Map of Metamorphoses 170
Pythagorean Bards 181
Reading Ovid Chorographically 188
4 Sandys's Virginian Ovid 198
Obvious Vocabulary 200
A Double Stranger 219
New Worlds, Ancient Texts, New Commentaries 236
Conclusion 259
Select Bibliography 275
Index 295
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