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Author: Sarah Carter

Title: Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance in Early Modern English Literature

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Place: Basingstoke

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2011

Pages: viii + 212pp.

ISBN-13: 9780230244238 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781349318919 (softcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780230306073 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literary Texts / William Shakespeare



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Author: Sarah Carter, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Book Talk: Carter, Sarah. »Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance in Early Modern English Literature.« MA in English Literature Seminars. Bristol 2012. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


  Preface (p. vii)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
    Common property and cultural afterlives (p. 1)
    Early modern Ovid and the Metamorphoses (p. 2)
    Deviance: a note on terminology (p. 4)
    Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance in Early Modern English Literature (p. 7)
  2 Rape, Revenge, and Verse: Philomela (p. 14)
    The early modern Philomela (p. 15)
    Tongues (and the difference they make) (p. 18)
    Philomela as model in Titus Andronicus (p. 24)
    Tamora, Procne, and revenge (p. 36)
  3 ‘Chastity’s first martyr’: Lucrece (p. 53)
    The legend of a ‘good’ woman (p. 53)
    The personal and political (p. 55)
    Lucrece and complicity (p. 58)
    Heywood: The Rape of Lucrece (p. 61)
    Lines of blood and flame: Middleton’s The Ghost of Lucrece (p. 66)
  4 ‘That female wanton boy’: Ganymede, Iphis, and Myths of Same Sex Desire (p. 81)
    Same sex desire and ‘deviance’ (p. 81)
    Discursive silence: a note on desire between women (p. 84)
    Ganymede (p. 87)
    Lodge and Shakespeare’s Ganymede/Rosalind (p. 101)
    Lyly’s Gallathea (p. 106)
    Afterword: Diana (p. 110)
  5 ‘Not perfect boy nor perfect wench’: Hermaphroditus (p. 115)
    The early modern hermaphrodite (p. 115)
    Salmacis and Hermaphroditus: subverting gender roles (p. 120)
    The death of Salmacis (p. 124)
    Moral allegory (p. 127)
    Hermaphroditus, androgyny, and homoeroticism (p. 129)
    Cross-dressing (p. 133)
  6 Objects of Desire: Pygmalion, Myrrha, Adonis (p. 136)
    Epyllia (p. 136)
    Pygmalion: Petrarch and pornography (p. 138)
    Myrrha (p. 147)
    Venus and Adonis (p. 152)
  7 Conclusion (p. 162)
  Notes (p. 166)
  Bibliography (p. 198)
  Index (p. 207)

Description: »Carter explores early modern culture's reception of Ovid through the manipulation of Ovidian myth by Shakespeare, Middleton, Heywood, Marlowe and Marston. With a focus on sexual violence, homosexuality, incest and idolatry, Carter analyses how depictions of mythology represent radical ideas concerning gender and sexuality.« (Source: Palgrave Macmillan)


Semler, L.E. Renaissance Quarterly 65(1) (Spring 2012): 292-294. – Full Text: JSTOR (Restricted Access), University of Chicago Press (Restricted Access)

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