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Ovidian myth and sexual deviance in early modern English literature 1 edition

Ovidian myth and sexual deviance in early modern English literature
Sarah Carter

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Ovidian myth and sexual deviance in early modern English literature
Sarah Carter

Published 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan in Basingstoke [Hampshire], New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

" ... explores early modern culture's reception of Ovid through the manipulation of Ovidian myth by creative writers such as Shakespeare, Middleton, Heywood, Marlowe, Lyly and Marston. Sarah Carter analyses the strong cultural presence of particular myths and mythic characters involving potentially ideologically deviant sexual behaviour, including sexual violence, homosexuality, hermaphroditism and incest, in the myths of Philomela, Lucrece, Ganymede, Hermaphroditus, Pygmalion, Myrrha and Adonis. Cross-genre and cross-author analysis is combined with sexuality and gender theory to claim that classical mythology facilitates full engagement for early modern thinkers with both depictions of sexual behaviour and discourse on deviant sexualities. It is also argued that this negotiation of sexual deviance is potentially radical in allowing depictions and discussions of non-conformist sexual behaviour in popular culture, and that this subversive potential is ultimately deflated through representation which is ideologically conservative"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover.

Table of Contents

Rape, revenge, and verse : Philomela
'Chastity's first martyr' : Lucrece
'That female wanton boy' : Ganymede, Iphis, and myths of same sex desire
'Not perfect boy nor perfect wench' : Hermaphroditus
Objects of desire : Pygmalion, Myrrha, Adonis

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 198-206) and index.


Library of Congress
PR127 .O97 2011

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viii, 212 p. ;
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