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Narcissus and Pygmalion

Illusion and Spectacle in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Gianpiero Rosati

Narcissus and Pygmalion

Narcissus and Pygmalion

Illusion and Spectacle in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Narcissus and Pygmalion

 

Newly translated into English, Rosati's Narcissus and Pygmalion sheds light on some crucial junctures in the history of reception and aesthetics through an exploration of the eponymous characters as they appear in Ovid's Metamorphoses.


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Beschrijving Narcissus and Pygmalion

Nature imitates art—not a paradox from Oscar Wilde's pen, but instead the bold formulation of the Latin poet Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE), marking a radical turning point in ancient aesthetics, founded on the principle of mimesis. For Ovid, art is independent of reality, not its mirror: by enhancing phantasia, the artist's creative imagination and the simulacrum's primacy over reality, Ovid opens up unexplored perspectives for future European literature and
art. Through an examination of Narcissus and Pygmalion, figures of illusion and desire, who are the protagonists of two major episodes of the Metamorphoses, Rosati sheds light on some crucial junctures in the history of reception and aesthetics. Narcissus and Pygmalion has, since its first publication in Italian,
contributed to the poet's critical fortunes over the past few decades through its combination of sophisticated literary critical thinking and patient argument applied to the poetics of self-reflexivity and, in particular, to the fundamental interface between the verbal and the visual in the Metamorphoses. A substantial introduction accompanies this new translation into English, positioning Rosati's work anew in the forefront of current discussions of Ovidian aesthetics and
intermediality, in the wake of the postmodern culture of the simulacrum.


ISBN
9780198852438
Pagina's
208
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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