Tragedy and transformation: generic tension and apotheosis in Ovid's Metamorphoses

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dc.contributor.author Prest, Sarah A.C.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-29T20:28:35Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-29T20:28:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-08-29T20:28:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/210
dc.description.abstract This study considers the role of tragedy in Ovid’s Metamorphoses as demonstrated in four different episodes, those of Cadmus, Hercules, Hippolytus, and Medea. I have identified two main themes that the episodes share, namely, generic tension, particularly between epic and tragedy as emphasized by intertextual allusion to Virgil’s Aeneid, and the use of apotheosis as a means of not only transforming the character in question, but also signalling a generic shift, more appropriate for Augustan Rome. However, Ovid’s treatment of tragedy varies dramatically from one narrative to the next. Cadmus’ civic foundation is plagued with tragic themes and his apotheosis occurs only by later substitution. Hercules and Hippolytus achieve relatively standard deifications by pushing past the boundaries of their tragedies, but their refashioned selves are called into question. And the apparent apotheosis of Medea is even less straightforward, as she appears forever preserved in tragedy through meta-literary self-consciousness. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject tragedy en_US
dc.subject epic en_US
dc.subject Ovid en_US
dc.subject Metamorphoses en_US
dc.subject Cadmus en_US
dc.subject Hercules en_US
dc.subject Hippolytus en_US
dc.subject Medea en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Literature::Classical literature en_US
dc.title Tragedy and transformation: generic tension and apotheosis in Ovid's Metamorphoses en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Littlewood, C.A.J.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Greek and Roman Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US

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