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Ovid and the Cultural Politics of Translation in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Liz Oakley-Brown


232 pages

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In Ovid and the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England, Liz Oakley-Brown considers English versions of the Metamorphoses - a poem concerned with translation and transformation on a multiplicity of levels - as important sites of social and historical difference from the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Through the exploration of a range of canonical and marginal texts, from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus to women's embroideries of Ovidian myths, Oakley-Brown argues that translation is central to the construction of national and gendered identities.


'… Oakley-Brown's appetite for unfamiliar material is admirable; the chapter on Caxton, whose prose Metamorphoses has yet to be edited in its entirety, is especially welcome.' Renaissance Quarterly '… Oakley-Brown's scope is wide ranging, but this is by no means at the expense of detailed textual analysis… makes a good job of what it sets out to do, making a valuable contribution to the study of Metamorphoses and its afterlife and early modern translation practices.' English Studies ’…lively, knowledgeable, challenging book.’ Notes and Queries

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: translation and transformation; Titus Andronicus and the sexual politics of translation; The heterotopic place of translation: The Third Part of the Countesse of Pembrokes Ivychurch. Entituled, Amintas Dale; Violence in translation: George Sandys's Metamorphosis Englished; From Sandys's Ghost to Samuel Garth: Ovid's Metamorphoses in early 18th-century England; In Arachne's trace: women as translators of the Metamorphoses; The curious case of Caxton's Ovid; Epilogue: translation and fragmentation; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Liz Oakley-Brown is Lecturer in Renaissance Writing at Lancaster University, UK

About the Series

Studies in European Cultural Transition

Studies in European Cultural Transition
The European dimension of research in the humanities has come into sharp focus over recent years, producing scholarship which ranges across disciplines and national boundaries. Until now there has been no major channel for such work. This series aims to provide one, and to unite the fields of cultural studies and traditional scholarship. It will publish the most exciting new writing in areas such as European history and literature, art history, archaeology, language and translation studies, political, cultural and gay studies, music, psychology, sociology and philosophy. The emphasis will be explicitly European and interdisciplinary, concentrating attention on the relativity of cultural perspectives, with a particular interest in issues of cultural transition.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature