Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition

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Ovid and his influence are studied in classrooms as various as his poetry, and this Approaches volume aims to help instructors in those diverse teaching environments. Part 1, "Materials," is fittingly collaborative and features brief overviews designed to give nonspecialists background on the more challenging aspects of teaching Ovid. Contributors examine his life and legacy, religion, and relation to the visual arts as well as his afterlife in the Latin classroom, in various translations, and in the Ovide moralisť. The editors detail the contexts in which Ovid is taught, identify trends in teaching his work and the Ovidian tradition, and recommend editions and resources for classroom use. The introduction to part 2, "Approaches," considers Ovid's relation to Vergil and the development of Ovid's influence and reception, from the medieval and early modern period to the reinvigoration of Ovid studies in the twentieth century. In the four sections that follow, contributors provide practical ideas for classroom instruction, examine the political and moral discourses shaping Ovid and his legacy, explore how gender and the body are represented in Ovid and the Ovidian tradition, and look at various ways Ovid's works have been used and transformed by writers as diverse as Dante, Cervantes, and Ransmayr.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Editions Used in This Volumep. 3
Ovid's Life and Legacy
Introductionp. 7
Roman Religion and Ovidp. 13
Ovide moralisťp. 18
Speaking Pictures: Ovid and the Visual Artsp. 23
Ovid's Texts in the Classroom
Commentaries on Ovidp. 27
Ovid in Premodern English Translationp. 31
Ovid in Modern Translationp. 34
Surveying Pedagogy and Practice: A Report on the MLA Surveyp. 39
Introductionp. 49
Ovid's Classrooms
Caveat Lector: Learning to Read through Ovidp. 57
Genre Transformed: The "Heroes" of Ovid's Epicp. 64
Approaches to Teaching Ovid's Tristiap. 73
From Ovid to Elvis: Teaching Mythology in the Classical Traditionp. 80
Reading and Teaching Ovid's Amores and Ars amatoria in a Conservative Christian Contextp. 88
Ovid and His Human Animalsp. 95
Teaching Medea to Freshmen: Ovid, Thematic Criticism, and General Educationp. 102
Political Ovid
Always Hopeless, Never Serious: Wit and Wordplay in Ovid's Amoresp. 109
Transforming Exile: Teaching Ovid in Tomisp. 117
Teaching the Really Minor Epic: Literature; Sexuality, and National Belonging in Thomas Edwards's "Narcissus"p. 126
Teaching the Ovidian Shakespeare and the Politics of Emotionp. 133
Reforming Metamorphoses: The Epic in Translation as a "Major Work" of the English Renaissancep. 142
Ovid's Genial and Ingenious Story of King Midasp. 151
Gendered and Embodied Ovid
Sex and Violence in Amoresp. 161
Ovid's Thisbe and a Roman Woman Love Poetp. 170
The Lay of the Land: The Rhetoric of Gender in Ovid's "Perseid"p. 178
Teaching Ovidian Sexualities in English Renaissance Literaturep. 189
Teaching Marlowe's Translation of Amoresp. 197
Teaching Tiresias: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in Ovid and Beyondp. 204
Metatextual Ovid
Metamorphoses Metamorphosed: Teaching the Ovidian Traditionp. 212
Metamorphoses, Its Tradition, and the Work of Artp. 219
Island Hopping: Ovid's Ariadne and Her Textsp. 225
The Case of Ovid in Dantep. 234
Captured in Ekphrasis: Cervantes and Ovidp. 241
Ovid and Ransmayr: Translating across Cultures and Timesp. 250
Notes on Contributorsp. 257
Contributors and Survey Participantsp. 261
Works Citedp. 263
Indexp. 289
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