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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32017

Title: Bibliofictions: Ovidian Heroines and the Tudor Book
Authors: Reid, Lindsay Ann
Advisor: Harvey, Elizabeth D.
Department: English
Keywords: Ovid
Early Modern
Late Medieval
Print Culture
Book History
querelle des femmes
Classical Tradition
De Worde, Wynkyn
Caxton, William
Daniel, Samuel
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Shakespeare, William
Drayton, Michael
Whitney, Isabella
Skelton, John
Issue Date: 17-Jan-2012
Abstract: This dissertation explores how the mythological heroines from Ovid‘s Heroides and Metamorphoses were cataloged, conflated, reconceived, and recontextualized in vernacular literature; in so doing, it joins considerations of voice, authority, and gender with reflections on Tudor technologies of textual reproduction and ideas about the book. In the late medieval and Renaissance eras, Ovid‘s poetry stimulated the imaginations of authors ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower to Isabella Whitney, William Shakespeare, and Michael Drayton. Ovid‘s characteristic bookishness—his interest in textual revision and his thematization of the physicality and malleability of art in its physical environments—was not lost upon these postclassical interpreters who engaged with his polysemous cast of female characters. His numerous English protégés replicated and expanded Ovid‘s metatextual concerns by reading and rewriting his metamorphic poetry in light of the metaphors through which they understood both established networks of scribal dissemination and emergent modes of printed book production. My study of Greco-Roman tradition and English bibliofictions (or fictive representations of books, their life cycles, and the communication circuits in which they operate) melds literary analysis with the theoretical concerns of book history by focusing on intersections and interactions between physical, metaphorical, and imaginary books. I posit the Tudor book as a site of complex cultural and literary negotiations between real and inscribed, historical and fictional readers, editors, commentators, and authors, and, as my discussion unfolds, I combine bibliographical, historical, and literary perspectives as a means to understanding both the reception of Ovidian poetry in English literature and Ovid‘s place in the history of books. This dissertation thus contributes to a growing body of book history criticism while also modeling a bibliographically enriched approach to the study of late medieval and Renaissance intertextuality.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32017
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