Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Lindsay Ann Reid
2018
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Early Theatre
Ovidian Retro-Metamorphosis on the Elizabethan Stage
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Optional Fields
Ovid; transformation; Metamorphoses; John Lyly; Elizabethan drama; adaptation; classical reception; mythology; Love's Metamorphosis
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Although Ovid dedicated his Metamorphoses to the subject of change, the vast majority of the corporeal alterations catalogued in this ancient Roman poem are singular, permanent transformations. In contrast, dramatists writing for the Elizabethan stage tended to represent fantastical, neo-Ovidian metamorphoses as temporary and reversible. With particular reference to the plays of John Lyly ó and especially Loveís Metamorphosis ó this article exposes conceptual and generic deviations between the static post-metamorphic norm found in Ovidís Latin poetry and Elizabethan Englandís theatrical depictions of bodily retro-metamorphoses.
2293-7609
10.12745/et.21.2.3559
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Publication Themes
Humanities in Context