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Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid
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Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Maggie Kilgour

Abstract

This book contributes to our understanding of Ovid, Milton, and more generally the reception of classical traditions. It shows that Milton drew on all of Ovid's works as well as the long tradition of interpretation and reception that began with Ovid himself. It argues that for Renaissance writers Ovid's revision of past authors, especially Virgil, gave them a model for their own transformation of classical works. For Renaissance artists, Ovidian stories and figures provided the raw material out of which they created and reflected on their own art. Throughout his career Milton thinks through an ... More

Keywords: Milton, Ovid, Virgil, creativity, change, freedom, creative imitation, Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.001.0001

Authors

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Maggie Kilgour, author
Molson Professor of English Language and Literature, McGill University.

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