Mythical and Legendary Narrative in Ovid's Fasti

Mythical and Legendary Narrative in Ovid's Fasti

Mythical and Legendary Narrative in Ovid's Fasti

Mythical and Legendary Narrative in Ovid's Fasti

Synopsis

This book analyses the mythical and legendary narratives in Ovids Fasti as narrative and concentrates on the neglected literary aspects of these stories. It combines traditional tools of literary criticism with more modern techniques (taken especially from narratology and intertextuality). From a narratological viewpoint it covers important features such as aperture, closure, characterization, internal narrators, description, space, time and cinematic technique. On the intertextual level it examines the narratives complex relationship with Virgil, Livy and Ovids own earlier works. Recent criticism on the Fasti has addressed various elements (religious, historical, political, astronomical etc.), but detailed narrative study has been wanting. This book fills that gap, to provide a more informed and balanced appreciation of this multifaceted poem aimed at classicists and literary critics in general (for whom all the Latin is translated).

Excerpt

A recent spate of scholarship on the Fasti has covered various important aspects of this multifaceted work (religious, historical, political, astronomical, generic etc.), but as yet nobody has really analysed the mythical and legendary narratives as narrative, even though they make up almost half of the poem and are also of obvious importance. This book attempts to fill that gap, combining traditional tools of literary criticism with more modern techniques (taken especially from narratology and intertextuality). This is, of course, just one way of looking at the narratives, but it is a valid one, which I trust will make for enlightenment and balance (filling out the picture and helping these stories to come alive). When I looked at these passages I did bear in mind other considerations (cultural, generic, ideological and so on); but in an already lengthy book there simply was not the room to dilate on these elements (which have in any case already been studied in detail by others).

To keep my discussions accessible, I use as little jargon as possible and explain what will for many be unfamiliar terms and theories where they have to be employed. I have also put shorter treatments of less complex topics in the first chapter to act as an appetizer. There is just not the space for me to theorize or argue for my critical positions either, so I simply refer to those who have most influenced my thinking and hope that the usefulness of my approach will be selfevident. There seemed to be more of a need for me to put across my actual findings and try to elucidate these largely ignored accounts, so the stress is on practical rather than theoretical criticism. As there was so much work remaining to be done in the area of appreciation, I have had to pack in my analyses and observations quite densely. To cut down on unnecessary clutter, and contrary to the growing trend of submerging Ovid under an indiscriminate mass of bibliographical references, I cite scholarship only where it has a direct and important bearing on what I say (and not that many critics have tackled the passages from my angle). Where I see point in discrepancies, contradictions and inversions within the poem, I allow that Ovid intended them (rather than taking the view that they were accidental and clumsy slips which should have been corrected in a final . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.