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A Discourse of Wonders: Audience and Performance in Ovids Metamorphoses Stephen Michael Wheeler

A Discourse of Wonders: Audience and Performance in Ovids Metamorphoses

Stephen Michael Wheeler

Published April 15th 1999
ISBN : 9780812234756
Hardcover
272 pages
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In A Discourse of Wonders, Stephen M. Wheeler introduces a fresh perspective for readers of Ovids Metamorphoses. Drawing on Ovidian scholarship and twentieth-century literary theory, he argues that the poem is not an anthology or collection but aMoreIn A Discourse of Wonders, Stephen M. Wheeler introduces a fresh perspective for readers of Ovids Metamorphoses. Drawing on Ovidian scholarship and twentieth-century literary theory, he argues that the poem is not an anthology or collection but a single continuous performance. Wheelers thorough, detailed analysis of how Ovid constructs, cultivates, and transforms his audience challenges the assumption that Ovids narrative persona addresses the reader. Wheeler proposes instead that Ovid represents himself in the poem as an epic storyteller moved to tell a universal history of metamorphosis in the presence of a fictional audience. The longstanding critical interest in Ovids poetics, Wheeler maintains, has tended to obscure the role of the audience in reading and interpreting the Metamorphoses. A Discourse of Wonders offers an imaginative and accessible revaluation of one of the greatest surviving works of classical poetry, one whose enduring influence can be found in literature, art, music, and the performing arts from the Middle Ages to the present.