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Shakespeare and Ovid / Edition 1
     

Shakespeare and Ovid / Edition 1

by Jonathan Bate
 

ISBN-10: 0198183240

ISBN-13: 9780198183242

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favourite poet, Ovid. Jonathan Bate examines the full range of Shakespeare's work, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. He shows how profoundly creative Ovid's influence was, from the raped

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This is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favourite poet, Ovid. Jonathan Bate examines the full range of Shakespeare's work, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. He shows how profoundly creative Ovid's influence was, from the raped Lavinia's turning of the pages of the Metamorphoses in Titus Andronicus, and the staging of Pyramus and Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream, to the reanimation of Hermione's statue in The Winter's Tale and Prospero's renunciation of his magic in The Tempest. The Heroides are shown to have been vital to Shakespeare's female characters, but it is the Metamorphoses which animate Professor Bate's innovative and elegantly written book, just as they animated the whole of Shakespeare's career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198183242
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxiv
A Note on Referencesxv
1.Shakespeare and the Renaissance Ovid1
2.Sexual Poetry48
3.The Art of Precedent83
4.Comedy and Metamorphosis118
5.Tragedy and Metamorphosis171
6.From Myth to Drama215
Bibliography271
Index285

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